Kimono2013-09-17 at 22:42PM
Kimono is a Japanese traditional garment worn by men, women and children. Today, kimono are most often worn by women, and on special occasions. Traditionally, unmarried women wore a style of kimono called ]Furisode with almost floor-length sleeves, on special occasions. Japanese people wear the kimono only at the special occasions, weddings and funerals. And when we perform Japanese tradition such as tea ceremony, traditional instruments, traditional dance. and other very special or very formal occasions. Professional sumo wrestlers are often seen in the kimono because they are required to wear traditional Japanese dress whenever appearing in public.
Kimonos are made of silk, and traditionally made from a single bolt of fabric called a tan. Tan come in standard dimensions—about 14 inches wide and 12½ yards longand the entire bolt is used to make one kimono. The picture pattern is drawn by professional artist by hand. No printed pattern is allowed in expensive Kimono.
A woman's kimono may easily exceed US$10,000; a complete kimono outfit, with kimono, undergarments, obi, ties, socks, sandals, and accessories, can exceed US$20,000. A single obi may cost several thousand dollars. However, most kimonos owned by kimono hobbyists or by practitioners of traditional arts are far less expensive.
In Japanese good family, parents buy many Kimonos for their daughter before her wedding. It is one of our tradition. They are for summer, winter, for wedding, funerals, for going out traditional events, It may cost between $50,000 and 100,000. The daughter will go to Kitsuke school to learn how to wear Kimono. And it costs extra to learn it.
I oersonally think that we should keep this tradition. If we keep spending money for these traditional clothes, the artisans can maintain their traditional skills. It is very important that we should keep active our traditional culture which has been kept for thousands years to respect our ancestors.
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