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Kimono – the Silky Tradition of the Oriental Nation

Sunday, 21 November 2010

KimonoKimono is the word that sounds quite awkward for the person who knows nothing of Japan an its traditions. Some people believe that kimono is the silky gown customary for the tea ceremony so typical for Oriental countries while the others consider that this is the attribute for traditional Oriental martial arts. The beliefs are not so authentic, people just guess and are right to some extent. Actually kimono is the attire, the garment which is not typical to geisha or a karateka only. Kimono is the traditional clothes of the Japanese people and it is available in variants, as different as occasions come to wear it.

The Japanese restored the tradition to wear kimono for everyday life not so long, namely in the end of the XX century. This garment was preferred for various events and functions Asia is famous for and kimono is different from occasion to occasion. Special kinds of kimono are designed for each event for women and for men who are to choose them in accordance to age and social status. Otherwise the traditions are broken which is equal to ignorance of culture.

Kimono is liked by both men and women. The models of kimono for women come in more styles and prints; they have longer sleeves and the band called obi is far wider and is tied on the back as a bow. Kimono for men is more restricted in color range and obi is tied at a lower line, on the back or at the side. Moreover, kimono comes as for ceremonies and as home wear. Women’s kimono is more complicated in tailoring though it is not for beauty but as the homage to the ancient culture.

Married women wear Kurotomesode kimono for formal functions to be the strictest kimono of black color with the pattern on the lower part. Irotomesode is the kimono that is slightly less formal than kurotomesode, and is also worn by married women. They come in other colors, but the customary condition is that they should be of a single color, with the pattern below the waistline.

A Furisode (swinging sleeves) is a style of kimono known for its long sleeves, mainly for the young women, of vivid color with pattern all over the garment. The swinging sleeves perfectly go with the image of a young girl.

All Japanese women are allowed to wear Homungi with its asymmetrical pattern which goes without a break across the side seams to the back hem. The Homongi kimono is made from bolts of silk sewn up into the finished length, then painted, taken apart, dyed, and then sewed again. The Tsukesage kimono can be worn by women of any marital status for any occasion. The pattern on the Tsukesage kimono is dyed from the hemline in the front and back which goes to the top of the shoulders. The print on the sleeves also travels upward. Homungi or the clothes for visiting has the expressive pattern in the upper and lower parts of the clothes and thus it is far more favored by young women. The Tsukesage kimono is far more moderate with the single-color fabric and the print under the waistline.

The Iromudzi kimono is designed for the tea ceremony especially for single girls. The fact that the tea ceremony is informal occasion does not matter in the style of the Iromudzi kimono which is very strict, of single color with the laconic weaved pattern.

In contrast to the single-color Iromudzi kimono there is another kimono which is called the Komon kimono, the beautiful pattern. This kimono has a fine repeating pattern over the surface which makes it less formal to use for every day wear.

And, finally, the least strict kind is the Yukata kimono which symbolizes the informal event to allow the versatile patterns. The fabric for the Yukata can be varied.

Traditionally kimono is the silky wear but it is often sewed with some cotton or flax threads which is typical for the informal occasions, like a summer holiday, festival or out to the restaurant.

It is not a secret that the Japanese fashion covered the whole world with its silky threads and the concern in the national clothes of this country is still increasing with the time.

Traditionally kimono is quite the complicated piece of clothing which is formed from several parts which are gathered together on the female body by the specialist qualified to do that. Today the Japanese make the way to wear kimonos simplified for themselves and for the people who are long for the Japanese wear. Currently kimonos are manufactured as less intricated by design and there are models that resemble customary gowns with the note of Japanese charm. It is too simple to put them on though unlike other gowns these models have the chic of the Oriental culture and the sensible scent of authentic Japan.

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