Japanese Designs has just launched their range of Japanese Kimonos, we offer a diverse collection of designs and styles to suit any occasion. Our kimonos include both traditional and modern inspirations.

Our Japanese Kimonos include Yukatas, Furisode, Komon, and Tomesode kimonos, and of course a selection of Kimono Accessories including Obis, the Kimono belts to tie around the waist, and Getas, traditional Japanese shoes.

Japanese Kimonos Origins

Japanese Kimonos are the traditional clothing of Japan, they were used as everyday wear and covered the body leaving little of the skin exposed, they have long sleeves and cover from the shoulders to the wearer's heels.

Japanese Kimonos are worn with a wide belt called an Obi which is wrapped around the waist of the Kimono which is typically made of silk and lined, unlike the Yukata which is typically made of cotton or synthetic fabric and without a lining.

There are different types of Japanese Kimonos for different occasions, the everyday Kimono is much simpler and easier to wear than the type of kimono worn for special occasions.

What does kimono mean in Japanese?

Kimono literally means “thing to wear” from the verb ki “to wear (on the shoulders)” and the noun mono meaning “thing.”The kimono is a wrapped front T-shaped robe with square sleeves and a rectangular body, the kimono is wrapped with the left side over the right except when the wearer is deceased.

Why do the Japanese wear the kimono?

The kimono was suitable for all-weather as they were worn in layers offering warmth in winter and cooler fabrics such as linen in summer. The Japanese Kimono literally meaning “thing to wear” or clothing but is now more commonly used to refer to traditional Japanese clothing.

T the traditional Japanese kimonos take time to put on with the accessories such as the obi or belt, it is restrictive and limits movement, so most Japanese now only wear the kimono for weddings and formal events such as tea ceremonies, seasonal and religious festivals.