In the fifth century, the kimono landed from China on the Japanese shores. Before the arrival of the Western clothes, in the Meiji period (1868-1912), “kimono” was used to refer to any piece of clothing that was worn. The kimono is a type of clothing which is composed of folded fabrics, sewn together and unpicked […]
A kimono is worn the left side on the right side (the opposite way for the deceased). Nowadays, wearing a kimono can be really tricky for the new generations who are not used to wearing this type of clothes everyday. So resorting to good souls for the last stages of the dressing is sometimes necessary! […]
Developped in the region of Kyoto, the Yuzen techinque (silk painting) comprises 26 stages : painting of the designs of white silk, laying of various types of glue made out of rice paste so the dyeing would not run beyond a limited zone, alternations between the different dyeings and the vapour of boiling water, laying […]
During the Summer nights, the yukatas are extremely popular, in particular during the fireworks and festivities. As it is composed of cotton, the making of a yukata looks deadly easy compared to that of a kimono. If you fancy creating one by yourself, here is an interesting demonstration:
The Nishijin Textile Center has been based in Kyoto for around 1200 years. They organise workshops and great kimono fashion shows.
For those who wish to know more, here is a book by Terry Satsuki Milhaupt, Kimono: A Modern History.