Sunday, 25 November 2007

What is kimono?

Alright I thought it'd be dull if I were to just post pictures once a week, so I thought that in between picture day, I'll add in little bits and pieces to help people understand what kimono are, what the little pieces are called, their sub-categories, etc.

Today's topic is the most basic: "What is kimono?"

Women in kimono (click on picture for WebSite)*

Kimono, 着物, (pronounced kee-mo-no) is the traditional clothing of Japan. The word itself is taken apart and analysed, it is found to basically mean "things to wear"; 着 ki = wear, 物 mono = things. Originally, kimono meant all types of clothing to wear. However, with the introduction of Western clothing, yofuku 洋服, it has come to mean the full length traditional garment of Japan worn by men, women and children of all ages.

Kimonos are T-shaped, straight-lined robes that fall to the ankle, with collars and wide, full-length sleeves. Kimonos are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right and secured by an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimonos are generally worn with traditional footwear (especially geta and zori) and tabi.**

Parts of a kimono (taken from Wikipedia)

* - from JapaneseKimono
** - from Wikipedia

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