The Kimono: a fixture at any Japanese celebration, actually comes from China. The Han Dynasty, known for its many exports to the world, created silk robes. The attire is also know as ‘Hanfu’ or ‘Huafu’, and was worn by aristocracy at special ceremonies. There has always been an exchange of culture between China and Japan, but it was not until the 8th Century that this style of clothing really took off.
Traditional Han Dynasty Robe
Although Kimonos are quite common in Japan, Hanfu are seldom worn in China. However, there is a movement to bring back traditional Han Dynasty clothing.
Kimonos come in all different varieties. Some cost as much as $15,000, depending on the accessories and material. Some features of a Kimono include, the Furisode, the arm sleeves that can be upwards of 42 inches in length. Another component found on some Kimonos is the Komon, a simple, but elegant pattern that runs throughout the fabric. Additionally, there are the straw sandals worn with a Kimono, called Zori.
Japanese bride wearing a Kimono
Today, Kimonos are most commonly worn at weddings and at tea ceremonies.