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Featured Article - Wafuku

Wafuku (和服, literally Japanese clothes) is a general term for all types of traditional Japanese clothing, including kimono and other items. The term was originally coined to differentiate Japanese-style clothing from Western clothing in the Meiji era, prior to which "kimono" or "kirumono" had been used as general terms simply meaning "clothing."

The history of wafuku starts in the period of prehistory known as the Jōmon period, which began circa 14,000 BCE. The previous Paleolithic age (which covers a period starting some time after 50,000 BCE and ends with the end of the last ice age, which corresponds roughly with the start of the Jōmon period) was a time during which people were probably already living on the Japanese archipelago. However, it is in the Jōmon that the first signs of civilization and stable living patterns appeared.

Wafuku (mostly kimono and related garments) is still regularly worn in Japan both by those who have an interest in traditional clothing and for religious, artistic, or occupational reasons.


Woman's Heian era Jūnihitoe court attire