Japanese traditional clothes
Each country has its own traditions and culture, which can not affect the clothing of a particular nation. In Japan there is a traditional outfits for festivals, casual wear, various accessories that are not only extraordinarily beautiful, but have deep historical roots. Stay on the most famous Japanese clothing – kimono.
The kimono is a national dress of Japan in the form of a robe, which is fastened at the waist with a special belt, called Obi, and the sleeve has a width exceeding the thickness of the hands. Kimono has straps and twine, which are used instead of buttons. The length of such gown might vary, but usually reaches the ankles. Kimono is worn by both men and women. Dressed in kimono always on the right side. And the Obi is wrapped several times around the body and tie a bow.
The traditional dress has more than twelve elements that need to dress in a certain way. And for holidays and important events, are invited to attend even a special costume that should have nothing like a special license to perform this type of work.
Today, Japanese women abandoned complex multilayer garments, and began to wear kimono in one or two layers. Full set kimono dress for weddings or formal events.
The Japanese pay great attention not only cover clothes, but also its symbolism. In Japan, it is customary to pay attention to color and pattern, which symbolize certain times of the year. For example, the Japanese woman can never wear a winter kimono with bamboo pattern, when we have summer. Summer kimono is the clothes, colorized cherry flowers, butterflies or other colourful patterns. Autumn is also associated with the Japanese leaves of a Japanese maple.
Types of kimono:
Irotomesode is an informal plain kimono that has a pattern below the waist. Such clothes are generally either married women, or at weddings the relatives of the groom and bride.
Furisode – a kimono that unmarried girls choose, for example, the ceremony of adulthood, or, as Irotomesode for the wedding. In translation into Russian Furisode –billowing sleeves. This name is given not casual kimono – the lower end of the sleeve almost reaches the ankles.
Homongi – kimono suitable for all kinds of occasions. In him will not be ashamed to receive guests or to cause someone visit. This kimono, so called “clothing for visits.” The kimono looks gorgeous. It is characterized by bright patterns that descend down the arms and side seams. However, despite the importance of this attire, it can wear absolutely any woman, regardless of her social status.
Komon is a versatile kimono that can be worn by any woman and almost any occasion. This may be a trip out of town, or going to a restaurant with a man, and even the wedding of friends or relatives. Kimono Komon type decorated with fine repeated patterns, which are combined into one coherent composition, which gives the kimono a special charm.
The aesthetics of kimono:
If you compare the Western tradition of tailoring with a unique Japanese style, you will notice many interesting things. The West focused on magnifying the beauty of the female figure and the protrusion of her sexuality. and in Japanese culture dominates the harmony of forms.
Japanese kimono flat and evenly. This situation highlights the Japanese view of the beautiful and harmonious. Japanese beauty rules say “the fewer knobs, the better”.
In Japan, a beautiful woman was considered a lady, dressed in kimonos with bleached face, slanting eyes, high eyebrows and a small narrow mouth, similar to a beautiful flower.
Additions to the kimono:
In order to feel convenient and comfortable than the kimono, the Japanese wear different accessories is lower kimono, and all sorts of the bottom shirt and skirt. Such clothing is worn, usually as a lower garment. Why Japanese underwear? It’s simple. Expensive silk kimono can be difficult to clean, and protects such basic clothing kimono from contact with human skin, and thus protects from frequent washing.
Common for the Japanese shoes, geta is. Geta is Japanese comfortable shoes, which consists of a wooden platform on the cross bars. At the foot of geta is fastened by means of two cords stretched from heel to the front of the geta, and passing between the big and second toe.
Ironically, in such shoes, the Japanese managed to actively move and even fight.
Except geta, in the middle ages, the Japanese also wore Zori, which were made of straw, leather, vinyl, and even wood. Another interesting fact is that these shoes were masteries for right and left feet separately.
If you collect all items of clothing-kimonos, petticoats and geta, get a image of the traditional clothes of inhabitants of the Country of the rising sun, which are firmly imprinted their experience, traditions and mysterious culture.