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Kimono avaThe traditional costume of Japan, the kimono, is an elegant garment that makes a woman look her best. With their wide variety of seasonal designs, kimonos reflect Japan's rich natural beauty. The cut of a kimono is very simple, but at the same time, this garment is sophisticated and beautifully embellished. A big role in the design of modern kimonos played the 17th-century prohibition against displays of luxury. Because of these bans against laborious kimono embroidery and tie-dyed fabrics, the design of this gorgeous Japanese garment has changed big way.

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Meisen kimono avaThe majority of people know about the kimono – national costume of Japan. There are classic kimono designs, colors, and patterns that are used in the formal kimonos. But today, we’re going to take a look at some very different designs from the ordinary traditional Japanese kimonos. These days, about a hundred years after they were first created, they are enjoying a resurgence of popularity. These garments are called the “Meisen kimonos”.

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Obi avaThe Japanese folk costume, so-called kimono, can’t be properly worn without the obi – wide and long ornate sash. Both males and females use obi but they look different. Japanese women are very creative and imaginative if to talk about the kimono and obi belt wearing. There are about 100 various ways of tying the obi, each more elaborate and intricate than the other. Today, we’ll show you some of the obi knots. And also, we’ll find out what other accessories are used with the obi to keep the kimono in place.

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Maiko avaOne of the most beautiful and artful jobs in Japan is being a geisha. It has nothing to do with call girls or sex. These women study old Japanese traditions, perform dances and songs, play traditional musical instruments, and entertain visitors. In Kyoto, girls engaged in such activities are called “maiko”. After they perfect their skills, the females get the title “geiko”. It is a very honorable job and not so easy to do.

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Furisode avaJapan has a wide variety of folk garments. Usually, they are multilayered and intricately decorated. We chose the most popular and beloved outfits worn by the Japanese people. Historically, these kimonos and other pieces were used in a day-to-day life but today, the locals prefer to wear them only on special occasions. No matter what Japanese garment we are talking about, there are dozens of rules that dictate how to wear it, who is allowed to use it, what accessories are to supplement it with, etc.

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Kimono avaFew historical garments capture the imagination the way the kimono does. Let’s talk a bit about the kimono’s evolution, its unique peculiarities, and modern life of this traditional garment. Every folk costume, every piece of clothing has a future until it is used today and until it is improved, altered, and changed by modern designers to fit the new era. Do you agree with such a claim? What do you think about “red carpet kimonos”? From your point of view, does kimono have a worthy future?

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Wedding avaJapanese wedding outfit, especially the bridal one, is rather complicated and heavy but very authentic-looking and offbeat. The groom’s attire is more comfy and simple. Both costumes are worth knowing about their symbolism and historical background, and, of course, they’re worth wearing them. We’d like to show you the beauty and unusualness of the traditional wedding kimonos of Japan, interesting accessories, and outstanding local headdresses. So, let’s get started.

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Yuki tsumugi avaJapanese people have been producing, exporting, and using silk fabric for hundreds and hundreds of years. Traditionally, the process of making silk fabric for the kimono is handmade. It requires a lot of hard work, skill, and fondness. Today, we’d like to introduce a fine technique of hand-weaving the silk cloth to you. It is called “Yuki-tsumugi” and it is one of the crafts included to the UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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Kimono avaJapanese kimono is a unique garment. It differs so much from most other folk costumes around the world. We offer you a very fine collection of modern kimonos, Japanese outerwear, ornate obi belts, and various folk accessories. If you want to know the difference between furisode, homongi, and komon kimono, male and female kimono and obi, or would like to see modern purses with authentic motifs, then this article is just for you.

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Kasuri avaJapanese traditional kasuri textile is a Japanese equivalent of ikat fabric (popular in Indonesia, India, African and Latin American countries, etc.). The process of making the kasuri is complicated and time-consuming. But it is worth the effort – this fabric is beautiful and unique. Here is a detailed story of kasuri making in Japan. You’ll learn something about the traditional patterns, dyeing techniques, weaving tips, and other important steps of producing kasuri fabric.

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male kimono avaIt’s not too difficult to put on a male kimono – the traditional Japanese costume. But still, you have to wear every piece of the outfit right to avoid being laughed at. Here are some hints from a native Japanese that will help you use the men’s kimono perfectly.

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male yukata avaWearing the male yukata can be tricky. Well, not as tricky as the women’s one, but still. Have some problems with a men version of yukata? Nationalclothing.org will always have your back. Here’s an article specially for you. Use our hints to put on the male yukata with an obi and a koshihimo.

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japanese yukata avaJapanese traditional outfits are very noble-looking and beautiful, but they often are extremely complicated in wearing. We’ll help you to learn how to wear the yukata – a kind of women’s kimono used in summer.

Hello everyone, my name is Ayumi Hoshino. I will show you how to wear yukata.

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Doll avaVarious Japanese dolls are an important part of the everyday life and culture of Japan. Many of them have a symbolic meaning or depict the local fashion and style, regional peculiarities, and the sophisticated traditional taste in clothes. The craftsmen who make the Japanese dolls try to be accurate and precise in every detail of a dress, a hairdo, and accessories. So, we can use these dolls to learn more about the folk outfit of Japan and the clothing traditions of this country.