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About the Japanese Kimono
Typically, a man's kimono features subdued, dark color where a pattern of black, dark blues, greens, and browns are common. Men's kimonos are easier to wear, but a complete outfit usually also requires a haori half coat and hakama trousers. Men in the upper class wore silk kimonos often coloured purple, whereas those in the lower class wore less expensive cotton kimonos.
Girls' kimonos often show additional symbols for a good marriage and fertility, while boys' kimonos are usually decorated with symbols for bravery, wealth and success.
The women's kimono is traditionally made of silk, but these days they are also made in less-expensive easy-care fabrics such as rayon, linen, cotton sateen, cotton and ployester. While the silk garments may still be handwashed in the time honored manner, modern fabrics and cleaning methods have been developed that eliminate this need. Although for those seeking the fullest delight from a kimono, silk is still most desirable.
The appropriate style and color of the kimono to be worn are often chosen based upon the occasion and the person's age as well as marital status. Furisode kimonos, for example, are worn only by unmarried women. In contemporary Japanese settings, the kimono is often considered a shorthand for "the character" of the wearer.
Traditionally, kimonos are sewn by hand; even machine-made kimonos require substantial hand-stitching. This Japanese "robe" is most often fashioned from a single bolt of fabric called a tan. Damaged kimonos can be taken apart and resewn to hide soiled areas, and those with damage below the waistline can be worn under a hakama.
Kimonos are clothing, not religion, not part of only some private club, so should be worn and enjoyed whatever way one chooses, as long as they are worn and loved and their beauty seen and enjoyed. Regular kimonos can accommodate wearers of all heights and sizes because their length and width are adjusted using an assortment of strings. Kimonos can have short or long sleeves.
Many kimonos have hand applied textile art, known as yuzen, created by several artisans: From the designer whose speciality may be outlining, or another whose speciality is shading, to the artist who applies metallic lacquer, etc.
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News About Kiminos
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The Social Life of Kimono: Japanese Fashion Past and Present, by Sheila Cliffe - Times Higher Education (THE)
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'The Social Life of Kimono': Innovation faces tradition in the fight to keep kimono relevant - The Japan Times
Kimono, symbol of Japanese fashion - PanARMENIAN.Net
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