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Traditional Japanese Clothing

For centuries, the customary apparel for Japanese women was the kimono - beautiful silk garments, tied with the wide sash called an "obi". Kimonos ranged in style from simple everyday garments to elaborate multi-layerd wedding kimonos still seen in traditional weddings in Japan.

The art of wearing a kimono, once passed down from mother to daughter, is not taught in special schools. It is said it takes 3 months to learn to properly wear a kimono and a year to learn to do it perfectly!

Learn more: Learn how to tie an Obi, wear a kimono, or learn more about traditional Japanese attire and footwear at