Meaning Behind the Colours of Our Kimono Dresses

The kimono, a traditional Japanese garment, is not just a piece of clothing but a canvas that reflects the rich culture, traditions, and values of Japan. Each colour  chosen for a kimono carries deep symbolic meaning, influencing the garment's overall significance and the wearer's message to the world.

As in our linen kimono dresses, where we took inspiration from the kimono, we also choose colours carefully, ensuring they hold meaning and significance akin to original traditional kimonos. In this article, we'll explore the cultural meanings behind the colours used in our kimonos.

Black (黒, Kuro)

In Japanese culture, black is a colour of dignity and formality. It is often associated with mystery, the night, and the infinite. Kimonos in black are typically worn for formal occasions, symbolizing sophistication and respect. Despite its strong presence, it's a hue that speaks volumes about tradition and depth.

Olive Green (オリーブグリーン, Orību Gurīn) and Dark Olive (濃いオリーブ, Koi Orību

Olive green and its darker variant carry the essence of nature, growth, and energy. These shades reflect the Japanese aesthetic of living in harmony with nature. Wearing a kimono in these colours can symbolize a connection to the natural world, embodying peace, rejuvenation, and balance.

Terracotta (テラコッタ, Terakotta)

Terracotta, with its warm, earthy colour, represents stability, endurance, and the simplicity of life, mirroring the earthen material from which it gets its name. In Japanese culture, this colour is associated with good health and longevity. A kimono in terracotta is considered auspicious, symbolizing a strong connection to the earth and a life built on a solid foundation.

Red Wine (ワインレッド, Wain Reddo)

The deep, rich tones of red wine signify complexity, luxury, and maturity. In Japan, red is a powerful symbol of happiness, good fortune, and protection against evil. A red wine coloured kimono dress, therefore, not only reflects a person's refined tastes but is also considered lucky, often chosen for special occasions and celebrations to attract positive energy and ward off negativity.

Midnight Blue (ミッドナイトブルー, Middonaito Burū)

Midnight blue, as deep as the night sky, is synonymous with mystery, intelligence, and the profound. It represents both the sea and the sky in Japanese culture, embodying infinite possibilities and the pursuit of wisdom. Kimonos in midnight blue are thought to protect the wearer, bringing calmness and a sense of security, making it a favored color for events that mark new beginnings.

Grey Blue (グレーブルー, Gurē Burū)

Grey blue, a soft and subtle hue, symbolizes tranquility, stability, and wisdom. It mirrors the peaceful aspects of the sky and sea, bridging the spiritual with the earthly. In the context of Japanese culture, grey blue is considered lucky for those seeking peace and clarity in their lives. Wearing a kimono in this colour is believed to attract calm and reasoned thinking, especially in challenging times.

The colors of a kimono do more than add beauty; they convey messages, embody emotions, and connect the wearer to the cultural and spiritual dimensions of Japan. As you admire or choose a kimono, remember that each colour is not just visually appealing but also carries with it meanings, symbols, and the potential for good fortune, deeply intertwined with Japanese tradition and cultural beliefs.

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