Fun Link Friday: A Brief History of Kimono

While the Google Arts and Culture app has been taking over the press with its entertaining facial recognition software this week, they also have been releasing some interesting mini-explorations of historical objects and works. Among them is an exhibition entitled “The ancient history making and wearing a kimono,” which walks the viewer through various aspects of kimono history.

The site includes brief historical bites of information on the origins of kimono and their development from ancient to early modern times. It also goes into technical elements, such as the various parts of kimono, dyeing patterns and processes, and even several videos on the weaving and coloring techniques involved in textile production! Throughout the exhibit there are great quality images of kimono and obi (with information on their museum of origin) and some additional explanations about the kind of occasions they would be worn. Be sure to check it out!

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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