Originally “kimono” was the Japanese word for clothing. But, in recent years, the word has been used to refer specifically to traditional clothing.
Obi • Kimono are worn with sashes which hold the kimono in place and keep the front closed. • Obi not only serve this practical function, but they are beautiful as well.
Yukata • Yukata is known as a summer kimono. Generally made of cotton and thin in texture. It also has a simple obi to keep it in place. • Yukata are for both men and women.
Happi Coat • Traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coat usually made of indigo or brown cotton and imprinted with a distinctive mon (crest). They are usually worn only to festivals.
Tabi • Traditional Japanese socks. • Ankle-high and with a separation between the big toe and other toes, they are worn by both men and women with zori, geta, and other traditional thonged footwear.
Zori • Shoes worn specifically for kimono/kimono.
Geta • Geta are a traditional Japanese footwear that resemble flip flops or clogs. • They have an elevated base, to keep the kimono/yukata well off the ground.
Hakama • Hakama are a type of traditional Japanese clothing. They were originally worn only by men, but today they are worn by both men and women. Hakama are tied at the waist and fall approximately to the ankles.
Haori • Haori is basically a jacket to go with the hakama. Generally worn by men.