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undergarments avaAs you might know, the national costume of Japan consists not only of a kimono but of many layers of clothing. And the underwear pieces play a very important role. Besides protecting the kimono from body oils and sweat, they give the female body a needed shape, because the traditional Japanese silhouette is flat (no curves showed). So all the underrobes and sashes are used to create this flat silhouette. But what undergarments are worn under the kimono? How are they draped? And how to make the whole thing look tidy despite several layers of rather thin and delicate fabrics?

geisha makeup avaThese days, more and more women around the world, who are not Japanese, fall in love with Japan’s culture and learn how to dress like a geisha. Of course, real geishas traditionally are Japanese females only, but the Western ladies also can appreciate the looks of this interesting Japanese character. So, we’ve decided to show you how to easily apply the geisha makeup, using tools you can easily get your hands on. Actually, nothing too complicated, but you need a bit of experience to make everything right.

Samurai armor avaA lot of historically valuable costumes are kept in museums around the world. And often, they are not just displayed and stored but also reconstructed and conserved. Are you curious about how the process of conservation is done? Because we are. And today, we’d like to show you how specialists from The Victoria & Albert Museum in London are doing the conservation of an old Japanese doll in full samurai armor. At the same time, you’ll be able to examine this samurai attire in detail.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

japanese-dress avaTraditional Japanese clothing is still in use in Japan. But mostly people wear the national costume for festivals, formal events, weddings, funerals and various ceremonies. In day-to-day life Japanese wear western clothing. The main pieces of Japanese traditional clothing are: hakama, kimono, fundoshi, happi, hanten, jinbei, samue, obi (sashes), sokutai, uwagi, and yukata. Japanese male national costume is not really masculine, and female attire is not very feminine. The main feature of both costumes is chastity and virtue. But the national clothing of this country is really unique and outstanding.

Kazakh embroidery avaKazakh folk dress is usually embellished with cute traditional needlework demonstrating intricate networks of patterns and symbols. The local embroidery designs are unique and can be seen practically only in Central Asia. Where did Kazakh artisans take the inspiration to create such ornaments? Also, let’s see how to distinguish Kazakh needlework from any other embroidery around the world. What specific features does Kazakh ornamentation have?

Kazakh jewelry avaIn Kazakhstan, traditional jewelry pieces play a significant role in the local folk costume and the local culture. Kazakh jewelry makers have always been very skilled and created real works of art. They used both regional and imported materials, each of which was considered sacred and protective – Kazakhs are a very superstitious nation, so every jewelry item, every pattern, every ornament, and every shape traditionally was meaningful. And also, Kazakh jewelers are creative, so a lot of the adornments look wonderful.

Kazakh bride avaThe craft of embroidery is widespread throughout the planet. Practically every ethnic group traditionally uses needlework to embellish clothing, household items, various accessories, and other objects. But every culture has its own peculiarities, embroidery patterns, stitches, needlework techniques, compositions and combinations of embroidery on cloth, etc. And Kazakh people are no exception. Let’s take a closer look at the craft of embroidery in Kazakhstan and find out which patterns were typical, what materials were used, and what’s so special about Kazakh folk embroidery.

Kazakh avaThe Kazakh authentic costumes are extremely decorative and practical at the same time. Like any other traditional clothing, the folk outfits of Kazakhstan were historically created in accordance with the climate and natural environment, lifestyle, and beliefs of the local people. As Kazakhs are nomadic people and they live in rather harsh climate conditions, their clothes are comfy, durable, and have a high protective capability. But also, these garments are very nice-looking and ornate. The national clothing is sacred for Kazakh people, they even have numerous traditions regarding clothes.

Shapan avaHave you ever thought about trying another country’s national dress on? What would it feel like? Would it feel comfortable or strange? Would you look different? One man decided to try to wear Kazakh national outfit and share his thoughts and feelings.

Kazakhstan is a country with a rather weak political influence in the world, but its culture is very rich and unique. Locals traditionally are used to showing their status with their attire. That’s why there is so much gold embroidery, expensive fabrics, and costly furs in the Kazakh traditional dress.

Headgear avaThe folk dress of Kazakhstan is really beautiful and charming. Its cut, design, materials, and accessories are perfectly suitable for the originally nomadic lifestyle of locals and the harsh climate conditions of the country. Nonetheless, the garments are sophisticated and elegant in their own way. Every little detail of the outfit accentuates the facial features and body shapes of Kazakh people.

daenggi avaMany folk cultures around the planet have some traditional ways of showing the marital status of a man or a woman. In the past, people not always wore wedding rings and it was sometimes hard to understand if a person you liked from first sight was available. Korean females used a red ribbon tied to a long braid of hair to indicate that they were single and ready to get married.

Blackpink avaAny traditional attire can be re-designed and stylized to look super-modern and super-trendy. Skilled fashion designers make wonders using folk motifs, just like Korean designer Hong Ki-Young, who created the stage costumes for Blackpink official video “How You Like That”. She took Korean national apparel hanbok and re-designed it to look more contemporary, youthful, and alluring. Some people would even call it provocative and criticize such a great altering of the traditional costume. But nevertheless, the outfits of Blackpink girls in “How You Like That” look striking.