KIMONO SLEEVES FOR A TRENDY AND STYLISH LOOK!
WHAT IS A KIMONO SLEEVE?
This short but interesting video shows exactly how a typical kimono sleeve is usually cut.
THE HISTORY OF KIMONO SLEEVES
As we discussed, the trend of Kimono sleeves came from the Japanese kimonos, the traditional dress of this civilization since ancient times. The history goes back to over thousands of years ago when the tradition was actually originated. Since then, it is worn on all special occasions, wedding ceremonies, or funerals. The modern-day kimono that we see in pictures now, started being worn during the period of 794-1185. This was the Japanese Heian Period when people began to wear it with the hakama (a long skirt similar to the trouser) or mo (a type of apron). Later, the trend of wearing a kimono without a hakama came into fashion, and people began to use wide sash around the waist to hold it up together. This is when the wide sash or obi with a kimono came into origin.
As the western women’s fashion industry began to flourish during the period of 1940s, the kimono sleeves that were previously designed just for the kimonos, came into the trend as a unique entity. In the period of 1950s, the fashionable silhouette with padded shoulders was replaced by the slopping, petite shoulders and later by the kimono sleeves. This was because the design of the kimono sleeves gave a perfect look to the shoulders with a continuous line between the arms and the neck.
The Kimono sleeves reappeared again in the twentieth century with a new modern look. Although not too common now for formal dresses, these sleeves have become a part of everyday wear due to their smooth and elegant effect, and more comfort.
TYPES OF KIMONO SLEEVES
DIFFERENT DESIGNS OF KIMONO SLEEVES
- Butterfly sleeves
- Long sleeves
- Short sleeves
- Squared sleeves
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