Traditional Japanese Kimono

The Japanese kimono is one of the world’s instantly recognizable traditional garments. Though kimonos are indelibly linked with tradition in Japan, they have more recently become a cult fashion item around the world. This coincided with a renewed interest in Japanese culture worldwide in the late 1990s. The kimono’s delicate patterns, sumptuous colours and striking silhouette suddenly appealed to a fashion-conscious generation who were keen to stand out from the crowd, especially on social media.


Originally, “kimono” was the Japanese word for clothing. But in more recent years, the word has been used to refer specifically to traditional Japanese clothing. Kimonos as we know them today came into being during the Heian period (794-1192).

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