It is a silk robe popular in Japan.
Early History Edit
Kimono was originally a Japanese word referring to clothing.
Nara Period Edit
During the Nara Period, the Japanese wore two-piece clothing or one piece clothing.
Heian Period Edit
During the Heian Period, a new kimono-making technique was invented called the straight- line-cut method. In the technique, the kimono manufacturer would cut fabric in straight lines and sew them. This technique allowed kimono manufacturers to focus on making the kimono rather than what shape the wearer's body would be.
Straight-line-cut kimonos were easy to fold and could suit the wearer for the right clothing functions for each season.
Kimono Coloration Edit
As layered kimonos became fashionable, the Japanese noticed how different color combinations in kimonos looked and started becoming wary of ugly color combinations. The colors used in kimonos symbolized seasonal colors or a political class.
During the Kamakura period and the Muromachi period, both genders wore kimonos in vibrant colors. The colors of the kimonos worn by samurai were symbols of the people who led them.
Edo Period Edit
During the Edo Period, a samurai clan by the name of Tokugawa governed Japan. During this time, Japan was divded into feudal territories governed by lords, much like during the Middle Ages. Samurais in every feudal territory were identified by the color combinations and patterns featured on their clothing. Their clothing consisted of three things: a kimono, sleeveless garb known as a kamishimo worn over the kimono, and a hakama, which was a split skirt. The kamishimo consisted of linen and was starched in order to increase the boldness of the shoulders.
Kimono manufacturers became better at sewing kimonos, so sensibly the value of a kimono increased. Parents gave kimonos to their children as family heirlooms.
Meiji Period Edit
During the Meiji period, the Japanese were influenced by other cultures. Adopting Western customs and clothing was encouraged. Government workers and military fighters were required to wear Western clothing for functional purposes. Ordinary people had to wear kimonos featuring their family crest, which introduced people to their genealogy.
Kimonos Now Edit
In Japan, kimonos are not everyday wear, rather, they are reserved for formal events, like weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies, and summer festivals.