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Kimono: Top 10 #FFF (that's Fun Friday Facts)

Posted on February 08 2013

With our beautiful kimonos now in-store, we thought we'd share some fun Friday facts for y'all about this wonderful garment... 1. The kimono most likely originated from china around 800 AD 2. Kimono's always fold left over right, right over left is only for the dead. 3.  Kimono's are always made from one bolt of fabric as the pattern is cleverly designed so that every piece of cloth is used. It is always the same pattern, the artistry is in the fabric. The Chinese and Koreans pioneered these intricate fabric weavings and dyes, but the Japanese took it to a whole new level. 4. Originally several kimono style pieces would be worn at once, often 12 layers - sometimes those in the royal court might wear up to sixteen - revealing all the artistry of all the layers in their glory! Nowadays just the one with a kimono slip works just as well. 5. Men’s kimonos always have a closed sleeve 6. The long sleeve Kimono is only worn by very young women (up to age 19) 7. During the 1600's, Confucianism (which was kind of about building hierarchical relationships through protocols and ceremonies, assigning everyone a place in society) was adopted, the people were ranked by class, this was shown through kimono - this is when the kimono was at its most artistic. 8. Repeat patterns are generally informal, those with free flowing pattern and dyed along the edge are more formal 9. The short Kimono are called Haori – designed to keep the kimono clean and tidy, it is designed to be worn open and will often have a beaded loose tie at the front. The short square neck kimono are called Michiyuki. 10. The Obi is in fact a series of belts dived to formal and informal. Obi are hard to come by and are usually quite expensive - even in Japan.
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