Traditionally a kimono is sewn by hand from a single and entire bolt of fabric, often a richly coloured and patterned silk. Designs are often varied to be appropriate to the season, incorporating different flowers, animals and birds.
Today, a kimono is usually worn in Japan on special occasions, although some women and men may wear one on a daily basis. The kimono style became popular in the Western world in the early 20th century and a ‘kimono type dress’ is likely to be a loose, flowing wrap-around dress in a bright oriental-inspired pattern.
Instructions for making a kimono.