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Kimono History

 The modern kimono is a garment named "kosode小袖" 

1000 years ago we spoke of the kimono in its terms Genji源氏物語, it was an undergarment, with several thicknesses.

After having undergone multiple evolutions depending on the times, it has become an outer garment.

During the Edo period 江戸時代 (the era of Kurosawa's film, "Yôjinbô 用心棒"), a method of dyeing (kosodé) made artistic patterns possible this technique is called "Yûzen-zomé 友禅染" appeared and became the trend for nobles and peasants.


As a result, several fashion magazines were published (Only in the capital).

The fashion of the find'Edo resembles what we wear today.

During the Meiji period 明治時代(During the trend of Japonism), there were political measures to modernize its government. One of these was a policy of organizing the port of the people, in reference to the policies present in Western Europe. Thus, there was a transition from traditional Japanese clothing, which had no unity, to those centered on Western clothing.


One thing to note is that during the modernization of Japanese clothing, around the beginning of the Meiji period, a Frenchman by the name of Albert Charles Du Bousquet and Paul Brunat offered advice and guidance.

Without their help, Japanese clothing culture would have developed differently, in retrospect.

(For example, a formal kimono is referred to as black, in reference to western black dress).

 Subsequently, ceremonial dress was chosen for Japanese clothing, so there was an emulation between Western and Japanese style, and before World War II, traditional clothing was more emphasized.

 Japanese kimono culture evolves while absorbing constant foreign influences.

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