History of KimonoHeian Period (794 – 1192) This period saw the flourishing of the most complex and florid colours and patterns peculiar to Japanese history. Junihitoe,which consisted of several layers of kimono was worn by female nobles.Unlike the kimono of today, the sleeves of Heian kimono were left wide open to reveal the colours of the inner layers.
Kamakura and Muromachi Periods (1192 – 1573) During the period, kimono were deliberately shortened according to the preference of the business classes, who required ease of mobility.
Edo Period (1603 – 1867) During this era the merchant class rose to prominence in civic and economic life and exerted a vibrant culture. It could be said that kimono reached their final phase of evolution. The obi likewise went from rope-like belts to something wider and more colourful. With the otaiko musubi style of tying the obi also coming into fashion at this time.
Present Day The start of the Meiji Era saw increasing contact with the West, by which influence Western clothing began to appear in Japan. In recent years a renewed interest in the wonder and beauty of kimono has developed, with an increasing number of people donning kimono as a particular fashion statement rather than everyday wear.