The Japanese Kimono has long been an epitome of grace. Literally translating to ‘a thing to wear ‘, this piece of clothing only came into existence after Japan opened up to the outer world. Before Kimono, the Japanese loved using animal skin to cover their bodies. But when they started wearing the Kimono, there was, unsurprisingly, no turning back. The modern Kimono styles pose only a slight resemblance to their parent, the traditional Kimono. This is well illustrated in the pictures of this Instagrammer who blends traditional and urban elements into her styling of the Japanese Kimono.
Pairing the Japanese clothing item with pants, shirts, jackets and more, the instagrammer who goes by the name of ‘Kuhaku Teto’ has opened the doors of the world and turned the Kimono into something much more palatable for the generations of today.
Centuries earlier, the dress was widely worn all over Japan, but a full length dress that could go up to 12 layers wasn’t always the most comfortable option. It slowly chiseled down to something worn on special days, like birthdays and weddings. Even though the Kimono looks as graceful today as it did decades back, the urban touch in modern Kimono style has helped the urbane Japanese to flaunt their traditional culture while still maintaining their modernity.
Today, on the streets of Japan, you’ll be met with Kimono recreations. Kuhaku Teto demonstrates this perfectly – how can you mingle your customs with the norm?
The instagrammer is coming out with his own brand called Kahaku, and over twenty thousand admirers. It is obvious that the reimagining and redesigning of the traditional Japanese clothing into modern Kimono has struck a chord with the audience. After all, who would not like to have wings to fly and roots to come back to?
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