this simplicity of construction / by Georgia Dorey

about kimono.

  Niigata, Japan -   1850-1900 - hemp, dyed and printed.

Niigata, Japan - 1850-1900 - hemp, dyed and printed.

kimono are made from single bolts of cloth, about 36cm wide and 11 metres long, which are cut into seven straight pieces. two panels - each extending up the front, over the shoulder and down the back - create the body, two the sleeves, two more the overlaps, and a narrower panel the neckband.

this simplicity of construction meant that kimono could be sewn in the home.