Women's kimono art t-shirt UK
Women's kimono art t-shirt UK
Product code: WTJLS
Inspired by a trip to Tokyo, Japan, this kimono art t-shirt features Art on Attire™'s eye catching, original and detailed watercolour painting of two Japanese ladies, wearing traditional kimonos. Designed and painted in the UK
Feminine cut kimono art t-shirt: tapered slightly at the waist, slightly tapered neck and shoulders
Kimono art t-shirt printed in the UK
Print on front of kimono art t-shirt. Back of kimono art t-shirt: plain
Excellent quality 100% cotton kimono art tee
Soft to the touch kimono art t-shirt
Comfortable and easy to move in kimono art shirt (great for dance, fitness and general wear)
Crew neck kimono art t-shirt
Short sleeved kimono art tee
Machine washable kimono art t-shirt
Women's kimono art t-shirt sizes available: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Material composition of Women's kimono art t-shirt:
100% Ringspun cotton kimono art t-shirt, 144gsm
Care instructions for Women's kimono art t-shirt:
Do not rub print on kimono art t-shirt
Wash kimono art t-shirt on the hand wash, or wool wash setting in a washing machine:
Wash kimono art shirt inside out
Use gentle laundry liquid
Cool iron kimono art t-shirt inside out
Do not dry clean kimono art tee
Do not bleach kimono art shirt
Do not tumble dry kimono art t-shirt
This item is an original design by Art on Attire™. Art on Attire™'s copyright of the painting on this Women's kimono art t-shirt is registered with, and protected by the UK Government's Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
About the history of the kimono
The word kimono literally means 'thing to wear', and comes from the words ki ('wear') and mono ('thing'). The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment.
Kimonos are often sewn by hand and T-shaped. The garment is wrapped in front of the wearer, with the left side worn over the right side (except if the wearer is deceased).
Kimonos are made from pieces of fabric that are mostly rectangular in shape. Kimonos are cut from four pieces of fabric called tans (a single piece of fabric being called a tanmono). Traditionally, kimonos have been made from non-synthetic fabrics, such as hemp, silk and linen. In modern times in Japan, however, a broader range of materials have also been used to make kimonos, including cotton, rayon and polyester.
Most commonly, kimonos are worn in Japan with an obi belt (a sash for traditional Japanese dress). Kimonos can also be worn with accessories, such as tabi (traditional Japanese socks that date back to the 15th century) and zori (flat and thonged Japanese sandals).
In Japan, the style, pattern and design of a kimono are chosen to reflect the wearer's personality and societal position. Different types of kimono are worn by people of different genders, ages, and marital statuses. Moreover, some kimonos are more suitable for informal occasions, whereas other kimonos are suited to formal events. For instance, a 'happi' (jacket-style kimono) could be worn by a man to an informal Japanese festival. Popular patterns on Japanese kimonos are objects from nature, such as birds and blossoms.
Kimonos have been in existence for nearly 1,000 years; they originated in the Heian era (794-1192) in Japan. The rise in the popularity of kimonos can be attributed to their being adaptable to different seasons; heavy silk kimonos could be worn in autumn or winter, and multiple kimonos could be worn on top of each other, in layers to keep the wearer warm during winter. Conversely, cool linen and cotton kimonos could be worn comfortably in summer.
Moreover, it is thought that kimonos also became popular because they could be made to fit and adapt to various body-shapes; making them merely involved cutting and then sewing straight lines of fabric together (the straight-line cut method), so the garment does not hug the contours of the wearer's body.
In the Heian period in Japan, the kimono was often worn with a mo (a type of apron), or a hakama (a kind of long skirt). However, when it fell out of fashion to wear a hakama with kimonos, the kimono would unravel open on the wearer. This led to the obi belt being invented, which could be worn on the waist, over the kimono, to keep the kimono closed.
In the Kamakura period (1185-1333), the kimono was an article of everyday clothing, and a family heirloom that was passed down the generations in a family. In the Edo period (1603-1868), the skill of making kimonos excelled, and kimonos were made that could cost more than a house.
Kimonos and their accompanying zori sandals have a reputation for being rather difficult and cumbersome to wear. This contributed to the decline in the popularity of wearing kimonos. Moreover, in the Meiji period (1868-1912), Western clothing styles became popular in Japan; this resulted from Japan's trading with the West, and the then Emperor Meiji encouraging an adoption of Western fashion.
Kimonos are currently not worn as a form of everyday dress in Japan, with Western fashion now being the main type of clothing worn by Japanese people. Today in Japan, kimonos are mostly worn at formal events (like funerals and weddings), and at summer festivals. Moreover, in Japan, kimonos tend to be worn by geishas (a subculture of Japanese female performing artists) and maiko (apprentice geishas). The older population in Japan also tend to wear kimonos (as they may have grown up wearing them), as do sumo wrestlers when performing in public.