What Exactly Is A Kimono?

Hi,

Welcome to our blog! Here i´ll share my thoughts on new fashion trends and interesting facts about asian kulture. For the start I choose two questions which will occur to everyone interested in Kimono at some point. 

let´s get stardet!

What is a Kimono?

The Kimono is a traditional Japanese garment. It has long wide sleeves and is wrapped around the body. Kimonos are made using long squareshaped pieces of fabric for the middle section aswell as the sleeves. Traditional Kimonos also come with a belt called Obi to wrap around the waist and close in the back.

However, the main difference between Kimonos and western chlothes is the way the sleeves are attached. Whilst conventional sleeves are attached in a round about 45 degree angle the Kimono's sleeves are attached in a 90 degree angle, due to the linear design.

This is the reason why modern pieces that only apply to very littel of the characteristics of a traditional Kimono are still called Kimonos.

What is the difference between Kimono and Yukata?

When my interest in fashion came up it didn´t take me long to wonder about this. Also there seemed to be no one that could give me a satisfying answer. Gladly  I did some research and can offer one to you now.

Kimonos and Yukatas have nearly no differences when it comes to design and cutting pattern. The only clue by wich to distinguish them for sure is the way of use.

Kimonos are usually used for formal events (such as traditional weddings, teeceremony´s ect.). The sleeves are quite long and the fabrics are chosen carfully to ensure best quality. 

Yukatas on the other hand are a part of everyday wardrobe. They are worn during summer, for festivals, visis in onsen or as sleeping gown. Since they are easier to put on and more casual they grew very popular.

 

A cheaper and less complicated equivalent are yukata for sure, but do you think they can keep up with the beauty and elegance of traditional kimonos ?

 

Let me know your thought´s and questions on this in the commets!

 

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