1,2[The February 2017 issue of the Japanese community paper Dengon Net features a fun time dressing up in Yukata - a semi casual type of summer kimono.]
The Japanese kimono (or traditional Japanese robe) is a timeless icon of style and culture worldwide. Whether its a men's kimono or women's kimono, this simple, elegant garment has a revered history, dating back to the Heian period (794-1192). Yet even today, style lovers still regard the kimono as having earned an unshakeable place as a 21st century sartorial statement. At Kazari + Ziguzagu we're in agreement.
Traditional Japanese kimono: a history
3[The March 2017 issue of the Japanese community paper Dengon net focused on a modern interpretation of traditional indigo dyed cotton Kimono.]
The first recorded Japanese kimono was during the Heian period (794-1192). The word kimono derives from two Japanese words4: ki (meaning wear) and mono (meaning thing) but was commonly understood as the word for clothing. A traditional kimono was hand sewn and designed to reflect the distinctive self of the person wearing it. When laid flat, a kimono or Japanese jacket is T-shaped. A kimono gown was traditionally made from silk, hemp or linen and the colour, style and pattern varied greatly depending on many factors like age, gender, occasion, marital status and social class. Common motifs for the Japanese kimono are nature scenes and flora and fauna.
5[The April 2017 issue of the Japanese community paper Dengon Net featured a striking vintage Kimono and an unusual abstract linear motif Obi pairing with brightly coloured accessories based around a theme of 'wearable art'. Set in the grounds of the Heide Museum of Modern Art's sculpture park.]
There are many unique charms to a kimono. Just one instance is the fact that the dye colouring kimono fabric is thought to transfer its medical benefits into the fabric . For example, blue fabrics dyed from indigo were believed to have the ability to heal and prevent infection. A red traditional kimono - symbolising not only happiness but also passion, sacrifice and power - is still the most popular colour in Japan.
Kimono as contemporary fashion
6[The May 2017 issue of the Japanese community paper Dengon Net features a very versatile type of Kimono called Komon which has a all-over pattern. You can dress up or down by pairing with casual or formal Obi and Kimono dress accessories.]
7[The June 2017 issue of the Japanese community paper Dengon Net features a Kimono in wedding style with a modern long-sleeved formal Kimono called 'Furisode'.]
Kimono obi or sash
Kimono as art
Aside from their allure as clothing, kimonos outstanding craftsmanship and design also make them highly sought after as unique and stunning art pieces that will increase in value over time. Come in store to browse Japanese kimono for sale or purchase a kimono as a special gift.
10[The July 2017 issue of the Japanese community paper Dengon Net features striking Meisen Kimono.]
Kimono fabric used for other purposes
12Handmade vintage Kimono fabric Zabutons
13[The August 2017 issue of the Japanese community paper Dengon Net features a winter casual style with a vintage wool Kimono.]
Repurposing kimono fabric is an ideal way to bridge the gap between ancient Japanese culture and present-day Australian decor.
15[The October 2017 issue of the Japanese community paper Dengon Net features a dressing up in a Kimono for Spring Racing Carnival.]
3Dengon Net March Issue: Location tana cafe | W: facebook.com/tanacafe/
8Vintage Japanese Kimono fabric piece | Material: Rinzu silk damask | Motif: floral folding fan | Age: early 20th C | Condition: slightly yellowed and spotted, still in good vintage condition | Measurements: 34cm wide x 128cm long.
10Dengon Net July |Hair Stylist Maiko Kobayashi / Maison Tsumiki Instagram: @koba_maiko_hairstylist | Model Akane Instagram: @qqq_akane Mio Instagram: @mi000ooo | Location Parlour Diner Facebook: parlourdiner2012