Kimono for a Female

The most elegant national dress

By Elena Lisina    - 3 min read

For my taste, kimono is Japan's most elegant national dress for many reasons – it has a beautiful silhouette, it’s very neat, and it’s unique. Kimono for men are much simpler and universal while kimono for women can be considered a piece of art. The choice of colors, patterns and their combinations requires a national taste, I bet.

Maiko perforrming a tea ceremony
Maiko perforrming a tea ceremony

Kimono has a long history and was transformed from Chinese female dress. Modern kimono have a rather simple design cut and are made from a whole piece of silk. Kimono (there is no plural in the Japanese language) are sewn by hand and the silk for kimono is also painted by hand – that’s why good quality kimono are very expensive. Except for Kyoto, people wear casual clothes in the International style on an everyday basis. However, for special occasions such as traditional wedding ceremonies, many Japanese prefer kimono. If a woman has no family kimono she can rent one.

Graceful maiko in Kyoto
Graceful maiko in Kyoto

It was interesting to learn from a TV program that kimono are difficult to put on, and a person wearing one needs an experienced assistant to help. Kimono have one size and the length is regulated by a special fold fixed at the waist. A wide belt known as an obi is tied at the back in a special way and that operation also requires help. To wash a kimono, people open the seams and sew it back together again after washing – it’s quite complicated!

A person requires an experienced assistant to get dressed!
A person requires an experienced assistant to get dressed!

Kimono restrains movement and requires a special grace when it comes to walking and other movements. Also, it requires a matching hairdo, sandals known as geta, and accessories such as a handbag and hair clips with decorations. All together those elements form the unique image of a Japanese girl or woman.

Little girl in kimono
Little girl in kimono

To be honest, I never tried kimono as I’d feel uncomfortable and maybe ridiculous, but I always admire Japanese women in kimono – it’s so unusual, elegant, and beautiful! Also, I always stop by the windows of kimono shops and look at kimono similar to how I would look at paintings.

Kimono for the Miyako Odori performance in Kyoto
Kimono for the Miyako Odori performance in Kyoto

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I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: https://gurushots.com/f10384/photos Matane!

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Kim B a month ago
They always look so elegant. In Niigata there's a town called Tokamachi, and they have an annual kimono festival. It's really beautiful to see!
Elena Lisina Author a month ago
Oh, I bet! Not many countries still have national traditional costume kept till now. In my country traditional costumes in noble class was replaced by European in the 18th century, but peasants used to wear national costumes till the 1930-s. Now it can be see only in museums! But in Japan traditional kimono is still highly respected - I admire that!
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Elizabeth S a month ago
Kimono are a major undertaking to put on and move in. But consider yukata in the summer. They're easier to put on and move in, and the look can be funky or classy. You'll look awesome!