Forensic Fashion
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>Costume Studies
>>1702 Edo samurai
Subjectsamurai warrior
Culture: Japanese
Setting: Edo period, Japan 17th-mid 19thc
Object: costume



* Fashion, costume, and culture 2 p223
"The kimono is the most basic term for traditional Japanese dress.  The term literally translates as 'thing to wear.'  The word kimono came into use in the late nineteenth century as a way to distinguish native clothing from Western clothing, and thereafter became more common in Japan.  Kimono refers to the principal outer garment of Japanese dress, a long robe with wide sleeves, made of various materials and in many patterns.  It is generally unlined in summer, lined in autumn and spring, and padded in winter."

* Fashion, costume, and culture 2 p225
"The kimono is a comfortable garment for people to wear who sit on the floor or on a tatami mat, a straw floor covering common in Japanese homes, as is done in Japanese culture.  Its length can be adjusted by how much it is folded over when the obi, or sash, is tied; its width can vary depending on how much it is wrapped and how tightly the obi is tied; and it can be layered for changes in climate.
    "There have been few fundamental changes in the shape of the kimono since the eighteenth century, except for minor changes in hem length and sleeve or collar shape.  The kimono can be either formal or relatively casual, depending on its materials, pattern and the accessories worn with it.  Since its beginning, the kimono has denoted social rank and occupation, especially for men, and age, particularly for women."