Japan clothing souvenirs have become pretty popular options nowadays. Almost all people traveling to Japan are interested in various souvenir happi coats and kimono which are truly traditional Japanese items. They are well-known all over the world. But does every one have appropriate information regarding the mentioned items? We are sure this article will provide with an overview of Japan clothing souvenirs. Souvenir Japanese kimono we can see today is a recognizable descendant of the kimono worn by both men and women in 300 A.D.
Speaking about Japan clothing souvenirs I would like to pay much attention to the origins and modern role of Japanese kimono which is simple a garment made of silk. By the way, the kimono has been considered more than just a piece of clothing. As a matter of fact, the kimono is referred to as a visible indication of its wearer's wealth, social lass and even marital status.
Not only Geishas were wearing the kimono, but also everyone including royal family. Centuries ago kimono was one of the most common Japan clothing types which could be worn by both men and women. Nowadays the kimono has lost its past role and can only be seen on some special occasions such as weddings funerals or other formal ceremonies.
Thus the kimono is considered to be one of the traditional garments, one of the well-known Japan clothing souvenirs.
Originally, the term "kimono" was used for all clothes types. However, later it came to mean specifically the full-length garment worn by men, women and even children. The sleeves of this wearing are commonly long and wide at the wrist (approximately half a meter). As a matter of fact, unmarried women used to wear kimono with extremely long sleeves (almost to the floor). The robe is known to be wrapped around the human's body. The lift side should always be over the right one. At the same time the robe is secured by a wide belt called "obi".
Modern Japan clothing souvenirs including kimono began to take shape in the period of Heian (CE 794-1192). Sine that time the general and basic shape of women's and men's kimono has remained almost unchanged. According to the Japanese tradition women' kimono were one-sized. Fold and tucks in the fabric were known to accommodate different human body shapes and heights. As it has already been mentioned, the kimono was made from the single bolt which came in standard dimensions.
It's necessary to admit that wearing a kimono is considered to be a very serious business. For proper kimono adorning the wearer must have lots of other various detail and accessories including special socks and handbag to carry around. There are also certain requirements to make-up and hair being an integral part of kimono-wearing.
They must be perfect. As it has already been mentioned such attention and requirements to Japanese kimono are probably arising from the focus on perfection and beauty during the Momoyama and Heian periods of Japan history. It's worth admitting that high-quality Japan clothing souvenirs should be hand-made.