What is it?
Women during this time would wear complicated many layered garments called jūnihitoe, literally "twelve robes."
During the 1900's, kimono increasingly fell out of fashion and become less and less common. As their popularity waned, they soared in price and became known as formal wear only. But more recently, a younger generation has discovered the joy of used and vintage kimono and the second hand kimono market has started to boom in Japan.
Kitsuke, or Putting it All Together
Here is an example video of how to put on a yukata.
And here is an example video of how to put on a kimono. (This is part 1 of a 4 part video series.)
So that's the very basics of kimono. We'll talk more about the different kinds of kimono, motifs, fashion trends, how to spot a fake, and other interesting topics in the future!