In the old days, there were two different cultures associated with Kimono in Kyoto: one was cultivated in Hanamachi (花街, districts where Maikos and Geikos reside and work for), and the other was among Machikata (wealthy citizens) wives.
Today, Kimonos are worn mostly as ceremonial costumes, however, Kimonos were more like casual everyday clothes in the past. I guess Kimonos we wear today are descended from Machikata Kimono culture.
We often hear from our Japanese customers that they don't know how to choose the Kimono and the Obi belt, or which pattern will suit them. Some people think that the dress codes for Kimonos are extremely strict. In contrast, customers from overseas enjoy their favorite Kimono in their favorite color just as they please.
Except for formal occasions such as tea ceremonies, we would like to recommend you to choose your casual Kimono just like you choose an Western one-piece dress. As you practice that way, your sense of beauty will be brushed up in due course.
From now on, we are having the best season for wearing Kimonos. Please try YUMEYAKATA's Kimono, and enjoy the very unique world of Kimonos and accessories.
Click here to see a Blog by a Former Maiko, "Do You Know?".