photo: Maria Moreno
(ki: "wear" + mono: "thing")
Japanese : simply means something to wear
A traditional finished kimono consists of four main strips of fabric—two panels covering the body and two panels forming the sleeves—with additional smaller strips forming the narrow front panels and collar. Historically, kimonos were often taken apart for washing as separate panels and again resewn by hand. The entire width of handwoven material remains in the finished garment without ever cutting it.