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1 Introduction
2 History of kimono
3 Types of Modern Kimono
4 See also
5 External links


Kimono (着物 literally "something one wears") are the traditional garments of Japan.

"Kimono" was originally a word that referred to all types of clothing, but evolved to refer specifically to the full-length robe-like garment still worn by men and women today.

History of kimono

The modern kimono began to take shape in the Heian period (CE 794-1192). Since then the basic shape of both men's and women's kimono has remained essentially unchanged. The garments are one size, and are tucked and folded to accomodate different body heights and shapes (in modern times, however, men's kimono are increasingly available in sizes). Then, as now, various components of the kimono were sewn on before wearing, and removed for cleaning. A kimono would often be deconstructed entirely for washing in separate pieces, and then re-sewn for wearing.

Over time there have been many variations in colour, fabric and style, as well as accessories such as the obi (sash).

Today, kimono are usually worn only on special occasions, and usually by women. Men wear kimono most often at weddings and tea ceremony. Kimono are also worn by both men and women in certain sports, such as kendo. There may still be older women and, to a lesser extent, men who wear kimono on a daily basis.

Types of Modern Kimono

There are several different types of kimono still worn today. They are chosen according to the wearer's gender and age, and an event's level of formality. The following lists the different types by descending order of formality.

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