Both kimono and yukata are traditional Japanese robes. Known for their beauty, style and traditional aesthetic, they come in a wide variety of vibrant colours and patterns, often floral. Kimono and yukata are full-length, T-shaped robes that have long sleeves and are secured in place with a decorative belt. There are a number of rules for when and how to wear kimono and yukata, known as kitsuke. The rules for kimono are much stricter as they are considered formalwear, while rules for wearing yukata are more relaxed.
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Japanese embroidery, known natively as nihon shishu, is an embroidery technique that originated in the Kofun Period more than 1,600 years ago. The technique uses intricate patterning, silken threads and symbolic motifs worked on fine silk fabrics.
Nihon shishu was originally used for decorating items used during religious or spiritual ceremonies, but over time came to serve a more artistic purpose. During the early stages, the finest Japanese embroidery was only available to those in the highest ranks of society. However, years of trade, migration and multiculturalism has brought this cultural heritage to a much wider audience.
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