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This is not a kimono
Kimono or no kimono - that is the question
What is commonly referred to as a kimono is, in many cases, not actually a kimono at all. The kimono cardigan is very much in fashion, and not just since yesterday. The preference for the light, zipperless kimono-style jackets has been going on for several years. It is also quite understandable: the loose, airy jackets are chic and practical at the same time. That makes them perfect for many purposes. That's one of the reasons the "kimono jackets" boom is in full bloom.
Still, these kimono-style jackets are missing a lot that would qualify them as a real kimono. The fact that the world calls these jackets “kimono” does not make them kimono by a long way. No matter how often such fashionable jackets, tops for martial arts, dresses in Asian style or brightly colored carnival costumes are called kimono - they are miles away from the actual kimono!
Frankly, I'm always surprised at what is called a kimono.
A misunderstood term
Everyone has heard of the "kimono", but hardly anyone knows what a kimono really is. What many call a "kimono" is actually just a blend of jackets, which at most has its roots in traditional Japanese clothing.
So it is teeming with misunderstandings. In extreme cases, one is completely confused with the other. To understand this, a picture search for “kimono” in relevant search engines is sufficient. After reading this article, you will be wondering what you can find there under this term.
We're all starting from scratch
Yes, even we, the kimono insiders, at one point did not have a precise idea of where “kimono” begins and where “pseudo kimono” ends. After all, everyone starts small. But over time we have learned something new.
Of course, those of us for whom the kimono is a part of everyday life cannot expect others to be just as familiar with the subject. It is therefore just as common for us to encounter the wrong use of the term “kimono”. To do educational work here seems to be an endless battle against windmills.
But maybe you, dear reader, will soon be one of those people who know what a kimono is and what isn't. All you need to do is read on.
Kimono ≠ kimono
“Kimono” is not just a kimono. People who have never dealt with Japanese culture in detail often do not know that a real kimono looks completely different from the chic jacket they recently bought at a fashion discounter.
Others, such as those practicing Japanese martial arts, like to call their jacket a kimono, although there is a separate term for them (“uwagi”).
Sure, some of these "kimono" blouses, Asian costumes and track jackets are vaguely reminiscent of traditional Japanese clothing. In most cases, however, there are more differences than similarities.
This is NOT a kimono
Here are some of the clothes that are very often referred to as "kimono". Some of them have something in common with the Japanese national costume, which has remained almost unchanged for over 1000 years. Others, on the other hand, are designed so differently that I keep wondering how you can call something like that a kimono.
The main differences between the original and the pseudo kimono lie in the cut and the material. But more on that in another article.
Here are some examples of "pseudo-kimono":
The icing on the cake
The best comes at the end, as it should be. Here you can see what is meant by a "kimono" at the well-known TV station KIKA:
KIKA - Tree House (children's broadcast)
Not that children are an essential target group for the kimono world. But we all know: “What Hans doesn't learn ...”, in the worst case, Hans doesn't learn anymore either.
Now let's be honest: which of the examples given in this article would you have called a kimono? If you'd like, comment below.
What is a kimono now?
You can find out more about this in the article “What is a kimono? About the Japanese national costume ”.
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Read this article in English
You'll find the German version of this article here: "This is NOT a kimono"
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