Living for thousands and thousands of years,
Stemming from traditional Chinese clothes.
Inspired with flare from Korea.
It soon turned into it's own
Remove the pants from women's kimono.
(Usually, not always)
Give it a wide sash, longer sleeves
Layer to flaunt riches
And for warmth in winter.
Daily wear, formal wear,
Everything in between.
A symbol for every season.
Accessories to match in prestige.
A look for every occasion.
Elegant dye and embroidered patterns -
A piece of art from a piece of cloth.
Silk, cotton, and hemp
Are the main fabrics of choice.
Worn mostly now for special occasions,
Or by practitioners of the traditional arts.
Day by day,
Kimono becomes more of a cultural relic;
In today's Japan,
Western clothes are all the rage.
In small corners,
It lives on.
In the old,
A breath of fresh air -
New kimonos are still made.
Inventive ways of wearing them
Stylized, individualized, recreated
Repackaged, repurposed, reinvented
Not clothes, but interior decor.
Not clothes, but family heirlooms.
Some people still wear them
That never changes.