Kimono is a traditional Japanese garment. The word “kimono” actually means a “thing to wear”. Kimono is wrapped around the body, and tied with an Obi, or a Sash around the waist.
Japan was a collection of loosely tied clans. Japan had increased trade with China, for they aspired to become an Empire. Chinese dress materials and style of clothing were brought to Japan with the advent of trade. Ancient Japanese clothing was largely influenced by ancient Chinese clothing. The clothing codes had restrictions entirely influenced by China by 718. China influenced ancient Japan not only in a military siege but also in clothes and fashion! Chinese considered wearing a robe from right to left barbaric. Japan specified that robes had to be worn right over left.
As we know, Chinese ancient clothing has been setting trends for centuries. Most dress patterns and designs were influenced by religion, for rules of dressing were followed religiously. Ancient Chinese clothing was in warm tones. A lot of embroidery and silk sashes were used to tie the robes. Dragon robes, embroidered with nine yellow dragons and five cloud patterns, were seen mostly worn by emperors during the Zhou Dynasty. The nine and five combinations were calculated deliberately used while designing, symbolizing the dignity of the throne. Dragons were embroidered on the front as well as back of the robes, the knee areas and shoulders.
Cheongsam, one piece suit consisting of a high neck with a closed collar and short or medium sleeves, was the ancient Chinese clothing for women. Cheongsam’s fitted waist and side slits complimented women’s figures well. The tunic suit, known as the ‘Zhongshan suit’, dominated ancient Chinese clothing, and had a turned down collar and 4 pockets. During the Ming and Qing dynasty, animal print embroidery patches were used.
Both the ancient Japanese clothing and ancient Chinese clothing evolved over the centuries and during different dynasties ruled. The ancient Chinese clothing symbolized religion and auspicious symbolism. The ancient Japanese clothing, however, was more colorful and used floral patterns without any symbolic meanings. But, both the ancient Japanese clothing and ancient Chinese clothing distinguished in social ranking, age, sex and other aspects. Clothes of a wearer explained not only their social status but also their marital status.
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