Kimono

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Perhaps the most recognizable Japanese article of clothing, the kimono, has an ancient history dating over one thousand years old, beginning at the start of the Heian Period in 794. By the Kamakura Period in 1185, the kimono had become an everyday clothing choice the colors signified seasons, gender, or even political and family ties. The art of kimono-making grew into a specialized craft during the Edo Period, with some kimonos being considered a work of art. Although kimonos are no longer an everyday choice, this traditional dress is still worn for special occasions, such as weddings, funerals, and tea ceremonies.