When one thinks about oriental way of dressing, it is hard to not think of excellent quality, flowing silk. Silks of various sorts form the basis or fabric for Japanese clothes such as Kimono, Samues, Uwagis etc. silk is also the base for most traditional china clothing. The trends with the way on dresses in a particular region vary due to locality, climate, cultural influence etc. That is why we see that there is a lot of influence of western culture in modern Japanese trousseau. Modern Japanese clothes includes cuts, style, weave and fashion that are more global and Sauvé.
The change in style has also brought about a change in preferences. Japanese people have also become used to wearing more contemporary clothes such as dresses, skirts, formal trousers, suits etc in their daily lives. However, Japanese people are known since long for their heightened sense of colors and aesthetics. They have a rich antiquity of colorful clothes, superb designs, and brilliant embroidery. Their own cultural fashion still holds people in awe. Thus, though young people tend to bend towards T-shirts, sweat shirts, Jeans etc. in everyday life, they still choose to go traditional on remarkable occasions such as graduation ceremony, weddings, child-births, festivals or other exclusive occasions.
Traditional Japanese clothes vary as per the season. Most common traditional wear that everyone in land would posses are Kimonos, Fundoshis, Hakamas, Geta slippers, Samues, Happis, Hantens, Furisodes, Sokutais, Uwagis, Yukata etc. Winter wear usually is in more deep and earth colors, with hues embossed with patterns. Clothes with more floral, leafy designs and patterns are for spring. These fabrics are rich and vibrant with colors. China clothing also leans heavily on silk. One peculiar and interesting fact about the way people dress in China is that they dress in layers of clothing. We mean in winters people dress themselves in as many as ten layers of clothes. Kimono remains to be by far the most popular traditional dress. It is a long robe made of silk, covered on top, tied with a belt (obi), with large flowing
sleeves. This is the most popularly worn dress too, during festive occasions. However, kimonos worn by men are much different from kimonos worn by women in Japan. Men’s kimonos are simple, five piece dress in darker shades and subdues colors, but women formal kimonos too are brightly colored and thickly patterned, embossed or embroidered. The sleeves for men’s kimonos are not deep and largely flowing, they are left unattached at the bottom of the sleeves. Women’s kimonos are tied underneath the sleeves, but in men’s kimonos the sash (obi) goes over the sleeves.