The Japanese Silk Kimono Robe: From Simple Garment to High Art

The Japanese Silk Kimono Robe always makes a gracious statement speaking to the culture and status of the wearer. After traveling to China in the 8th century, the Japanese were inspired by the Chinese Hanfu style and began to fashion their own interpretation of the T-shaped robes. From that time forward, the Kimono was recognized as a symbol representing Japanese culture.

The name loosely translates to "the thing that is worn." Originally adopted for its simplicity in construction and adaptability to the seasons, this versatile garment quickly became the nation's adopted style of dress. Made of long, narrow panels of silk, similar to the lustrous silk fabric used in our Manito Silk Kimono Robes today, panels ran from front to back over the shoulder, joining in the back from the neck to the hem. Similar panels were attached for the sleeves, and a wide band trimmed the front edges. Cutting, sewing, and tailoring all were simplified, and fit was adjusted by folding over the Obi sash at the waist to accommodate height. Girth was adjusted by wrapping side over side, left over right.

The Japanese people appreciated the versatility of the garment, easily adding and subtracting layers appropriate for each season. The clever Japanese also discovered wonderful ways to enhance the Kimono appearance, making it not just a useful garment, but also a work of art.

During the rise of poetry, literature, and the arts in the Edo period, class distinction among the Shogunate and Samurai played an important social role. Despite sumptuary laws expressing Japanese Imperial Court preference for frugality over extravagance, the rising merchant classes devised subtle ways to display wealth, favoring flashy linings and intricate embellishment to subtly and playfully capture attention. Antique Japanese Silk Kimono | Manito Silk | Silk Pillowcase | Silk Sheets | Mulberry Silk | Silk Bedding | Silk Bed Sheets | Best Silk Sheets | Real Silk Sheets | Silk Sheet Sets | Silk Bedding Sets | Silk Sheets Queen | Silk Sheets King | 100% Silk Sheets | Luxury Silk Sheets | Silk Eye Mask | Silk Duvet | Silk Pillow | Pure Silk | Organic Silk

Wearing a beautiful hand-made, hand-dyed Silk Kimono Robe was indeed a pleasure, but washing one proved an expensive, time-consuming process. In order to preserve primitive, non-colorfast dyes and embellishment, each Kimono had to be carefully deconstructed. After separating the panels, they were clamped onto poles that were laid across a river. The panels, submerged the in the flowing water to loosen soil and debris, were washed clean. The panels were then inspected, repaired, and re-dyed when necessary, before reconstructing them to again become a wearable Kimono. Fortunately, our modern Manito Silk Kimono Robe can be washed without removing a single stitch, no rivers required.

Objects embellishing a Kimono often have meaning, such as displaying water for eternity or power, a pine tree for strength, or cherry blossoms as a sign of spring. The Jūnihitoe, or 12-layer robe, was an elegant Kimono first worn by ladies of the court in the 10th century for special occasions. The colors and arrangement of the layers indicated the wearer's status, creating a complex 20-kilogram garment that required dressers to place them on the wearer. That is equivalent to more than 40 pounds of clothing.

The classic lines of the silk Kimono remain a popular style choice pleasing those who appreciate comfort and simplicity as well as those who seek sophistication and style. Elegant and timeless, a Manito Silk Kimono Robe carries the tradition of a thousand years in its design, bearing all the hallmarks of this traditional garment of Japan.Silk Kimono Robe Long | Manito Silk | Silk Pillowcase | Silk Sheets | Mulberry Silk | Silk Bedding | Silk Bed Sheets | Best Silk Sheets | Real Silk Sheets | Silk Sheet Sets | Silk Bedding Sets | Silk Sheets Queen | Silk Sheets King | 100% Silk Sheets | Luxury Silk Sheets | Silk Eye Mask | Silk Duvet | Silk Pillow | Pure Silk | Organic Silk

Silk Kimono Robes by Manito Silk

Manito has designed its own homage to the beautiful silk kimono. Our short silk kimono robe is available in two colors. Choose from a beautiful two-toned plum & soft pink robe or champagne & milky white. You can also choose our silk kimono robe long.  Both are made of our an industry-leading 22 momme silk, a Manito silk kimono offers superior draping around your body, and is designed to be comfortable and luxurious. You won’t be disappointed with our gorgeous 100% mulberry silk kimono for women.

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