A little bit about Kimonos

3 years ago

I had to do a Report on Kimonos for one of my classes and this is some information I found:

The dress practice of wearing a Kimono is body-subordinate because this garment stands on its own and doesnt show off the body curves. This is partially due to the way the garment is cut into a T-shape and is wrapped around the body having the sleeves hang from the arms and having the obi be the only part that forms close to the body. Although the garment still doesnt show the true figure of the wearer because the obi is tied around in a thick layer. They could be seen as more of an artistic garment because of the details painted on them and what they symbolize.
The kimono changed through out time. In the early Edo period there was barely any difference between the men and women kimono. When the kimonos did start to show changes the patterns became larger and bolder. Yong girl kimonos were lavish, decorated, and brightly colored, older women wore more subtle patterns and subdued colors. The sleeve length also varied, the young women wore then long and are then shortened when they get married. For men their kimonos had even shorter sleeves and have restrained patterns and colors.
The designs and images painted onto the kimono have complex meanings behind them. Some of which come from religion and popular beliefs, such as the depiction of a crane, which is supposed to live for a thousand years representing longevity and good fortune. These motifs can connect with the wearers virtues or attributes or what they want to aspire to be. The designs may reflect someones emotions or just represent an occasion or season. These kimonos that incorporated a lot of symbolism were worn for weddings, festivals, and are thought of giving good fortune and protection to the wearer. This shows that the Japanese believe in literal and figurative power of images.
Colors incorporated into the kimono also have input in thee meaning of the garment, such as blue which is supposed to help heal bites and stings, and is worn to protect from animals that will do so. The color black represents water, north, winter and wisdom. Purple means undying love, Red represents youthful glamour and allure, and passionate.
The kimono was the traditional dress in Japan but is now mostly worn for special occasions. The kimono used to be feminine attire and was worn by everyone. This garment was a cultural norm. Japan is a mostly conformist country, which also makes the kimono a conformist garment. It is made the same and is worn the same way, the only difference is the colors, patterns, images, and designs that tell a little about the person such as age gender and who they are. This garment lends itself to the Japanese conformist ways of life and also shows creativity by what is on the kimono with in reason because the designs are given meanings in the society.

Source link: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/k/kimono-decoration-symbols-motifs/

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