Where did Kimonos come from?History of Kimono


Hi there!

I’m going to talk about Kimono history this time.

beginning of Kimono


People worn kind of dresses in Jyo-mon period. Since when they had started to engage in agriculture, made fabric with hemp or others too.



Roots of Kimono is “Cho-fuku” worn Asuka and Nara period. So many things came from China at the time.

So Cho-fuku looks very similar to Chinese clothes.



Kimono became to be more original since Heian period. It’s called “Jyu-ni Hitoe” worn noblewoman.

They worn 12~20 Kimonos to enjoy colors of “kasane eri”(Kimono’s collar). Also they competed who’s coordinate is the most beautiful.

But it was very very heavy(around 20㎏) so they became to pile up some colors on only color,sleeves and hem.


History of current kimono



“Kosode” was a under wear until Heian period but became to be a Kimono since Momoyama period.

“Kosode” is the roots of current kimono actually.

Obi was born in Momoyama period.  It was thin, seems rope but changed the shape to current obi in Edo period.






Some culture came to Japan from abroad by Meiji Restoration. So people worn Kimono and western clothes as a mix style.





It became to be popular the modern culture in Taisho period. So people enjoyed coffee stores and bars.

Also young people loved dancing at hall.  It was popular style for girls that put Kimono on with high heel or western shawl.

I really love Taisho style!!





It became to be popular the “art deco” textiles and realistic pictures. Also people loved revival textiles of Edo period.So there were very gorgeous fabrics.




Now, it became to be popular simple Kimonos. Because we don’t put kimono on so much than before so if we have simple Kimonos, we are able to wear them for many situations. For example, if we change to other Obi for same simple kimono, it will seems very different. We can enjoy many coordinate 🙂

If you want to know about kind of kimonos, please check here!



In conclusion



How was this topic? 🙂

I hope you enjoyed it* You are able to know how was the period from old Kimonos.

For example, if you found gorgeous kimono, people were living very rich.

Let’s try to go second hand Kimono store! You might find interesting old kimonos 😉