The history of the kimono
The origins of the kimono go far back. With the word kimono we immediately think of Japan. And that is right, because the origins of the kimono lie in Japan. Just like Ikigai, the inspiration for our brand, also originates from Japan.
Kimono is the Japanese word for clothing. Nowadays, the word is mainly used to refer to specific Japanese traditional clothing. The kimono is traditional in Japan, but in the West, the kimono is nowadays a very trendy garment. It is originally made with straight lines, which makes the garment suitable for all shapes of people. So is our kimono, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model that fits everyone.
The origins of the kimono starts in the year 794 ac. A new technique was developed to make kimonos. In this technique, known as the ‘straight-line-cut’ method, pieces of fabric were cut in straight lines and sewn together. With this technique, kimono makers did not have to concern themselves with the shape of the wearer’s body.
Straight cut kimonos were suitable for all weather conditions: they could be worn in layers to provide warmth in winter, and kimonos made from breathable fabric such as linen were comfortable in summer. Thanks to these advantages, the kimono became part of the everyday life of the Japanese.
More information about the history of the Kimono you can find here
This kimono is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ size. While developing this kimono we did fit the samples on more than 25 ladies to see if it fits. And it did fit everybody! If you have a waist or not, tall or short.
The fun factor of this kimono is that it is reversible. We made both sides pockets, so easy to change.
This kimonojacket is made in a fair-trade small atelier in New Delhi. All fabrics are carefully selected. More information about the makers you can read here.
This Kimono you can wear with the matching belt, or just loose as a jacket. Wear it as you want.
The size of the Kimono is:
- Width: 60 cm
- Length: 75 cm
- Armhole shoulder: 30 cm
- Armhole wrist: 20 cm
- Belt: 5 x 160 cm
- 100% cotton