What is a Kimono? : A Journey Through Tradition & Evolution

By Carly Giacoio

SAACHI is renowned for its diverse range of kimonos, offering styles and designs to suit every occasion. Our kimonos are synonymous with quality and craftsmanship, catering to the modern wearer who seeks elegance with a contemporary edge. Behind the modern-day kimono lies a long history of how this iconic garment has evolved into a wardrobe staple for all women. 

Few garments in the world carry the same cultural significance and timeless elegance as the kimono. Now, kimonos have transcended the bounds of tradition and are a beloved symbol of style and sophistication. Because of their long journey through time, it’s crucial to recall the kimono’s rich history, cultural significance, and evolution. 

Origins and Heritage

The kimono first originated from the ancient Wu Dynasty of China. Although, during Japan’s vibrant Heian period (794-1185), the iconic garments we recognize today took shape. 

During this period, the word “kimono,” which is translated to “garments” or “clothing” in Japanese, established its presence. Every kimono was carefully made by cutting pieces of fabric and sewing them together to create the iconic kimono silhouette. From this time forward, kimonos became emblematic of Japan’s unparalleled craftsmanship.

Tradition Meets Trendy

Traditionally, kimonos were more than just garments; they were a visual language, speaking volumes about the wearer's position or beliefs. Wearers carefully choose the fabric, style, and design to convey specific messages.

The intricate patterns and motifs within these kimonos carried symbolic meanings. For example, the most recognizable cherry blossom, or sakura pattern, signifies changes in life and the arrival of spring with its distinct floral design, a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. The legacy of the kimono is a testament to a design process that values not just the beauty of the clothing but also its symbolic importance. 

A Fashion Phenomenon

In recent history, the kimono has undergone a remarkable transformation, adapting to the ever-changing fashion landscape. Kimonos are popular in wardrobes worldwide, from the laid-back West Coast to the retro East Coast. Like us, designers have reimagined these iconic robes, blending Japanese aesthetics with contemporary trends. New adaptations have made the kimono more modern with bold prints, bright colors, and shorter lengths for a casual style.

Versatility Redefined

One of the most remarkable aspects of modern kimonos is their adaptability. No longer confined to formal occasions, these garments seamlessly transition from day to night. Whether paired with jeans for a relaxed day,  a maxi dress for a day in the office, or layered over  a sleek dress  for a glamorous evening affair, kimonos blend into any fashion-forward wardrobe, inspiring new and exciting looks.

Symbolism In Style

While the kimono's essence remains rooted in tradition, its symbolism has evolved with the changing tides of fashion. At SAACHI, we invite you to celebrate this legacy with our diverse collection of kimonos. From floral to fur to crochet, our kimonos offer a wide range of styles and designs to enhance any wardrobe for any occasion. Embrace the beauty and sophistication of this iconic garment in our apparel collection. 


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