Types of Kimono
Meaning “a thing to wear,” kimono is still widely worn in Japan today, though not commonly as daily wear. People wear it like a gown and usually enclose it with obi (a long and thick belt-like cloth). When most people say “kimono” in English, we’re referring to those worn by women, though there are kimono worn by men as I discuss below.
The color of kimono often has symbolic meaning. Sometimes the color can represent the upcoming month, so in Japan, there are colors that represent each month such as peach for March, sky blue for August and maple for November. Or the color itself can have meaning. Red can mean wealth and power, white is considered pure and holy, blue represents peace and security, pink refers to vitality and femininity, yellow represents wealth and bravery and purple is for authority. Lastly, black is often associated with dignity and formality, but it can also mean sorrow and doom for a funeral.
Kimono can be divided into various types according to gender, age, marital status and occasion, and it is distinguished by the size of the cloth, fabric type, color and arrangement.