Kimono Hypertext: History

From the primitive Jomon period through the Yamato, Asuka, Nara, Heian, Muromachi, and Edo periods, factors including climate, life and customs of the Imperial court, laws, the development of skills in weaving and dyeing, and the availability of materials have influenced the style of Japanese clothing.

Jomon Period

Yamato Period

Asuka Period

Nara Period

Heian Period

Muromachi Period

Edo Period

Today, 1200 years later, the Imperial household still uses the costumes of the Heian period for the formal occasions of coronations and weddings.

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