Kimono are the Japanese traditional clothing. They evolved from Chinese Han Dynasty clothing around the eighth century AD, and became the standard garment for men, women, and children. Near the end of the 1800's, kimono were gradually replaced by Western-style clothing for everyday wear, but even today kimono are worn for traditional events such as festivals, and in certain places, such as bath houses.
Kimono can be plain for everyday wear, or they can be lavishly decorated. Some of the most skillfully designed kimono are regarded as works of art for their beauty. There are many different kinds of kimono for different occasions, each decorated in a specific way. There's plenty to learn! Join the JIN in an celebration of the art of the traditional kimono!