I know that peonies and chrysanthemums especially are popular flowers in kimono design, but what about others? Orchids and lotuses are popular in Asia, and I know a girl named Sumire. A kimono with violets would be really pretty! But I don't think I've ever seen a kimono with any of those flowers before...
Peonies are a late spring flower and chrysanthemums are extremely common for fall, but these are both very old cultivated blooms from China (where much of Japan’s culture comes from, of course). In that vein, many famously Chinese flowers appear in kimono, including the ‘ume’ (plum) and ‘tsubaki’ (camellia).
Most of the motifs on kimono are chosen for the season they represent. Sakura for spring, clover and grasses for summer, maple leaves for fall and ume for winter.
As you look at more modern pieces, you will find a much wider range of motifs as designers had cheaper material to work with and could break away from the classic flowers.
Mod 2: Orchids and lotuses are summer motif and not that hard to find. (not like Foxes say) Orchids actually often appear on Yukata rather commonly, and lotus tend to be a bit more auspicious so they are usually on fancier summer items, however summer and fancier kimono = too hot to bother for some people so there tends to be less of them or they are more expensive thus not as widely found on the mass produced stuff.
Hi, I'm new to this tumblr but I really like it. I wanted to ask if you could find an image for the colors for men kimono or yukata, like the one in the "colors" section. Or does that color scheme work for both?
Mod 2: Hi. There should be an actual tag for Men’s wear. Try blue if that doesn’t show up.
There is no color chart for men’s kimono because the idea of men’s fashion in kimono is a relatively new idea. Unless you were working in a gay bar or singing enka on stage and wearing makeup like a lady, men’s kimono came only in black, blue, grey, beige or brown. Only within the last 10 years or so have graduation kimono and yukata started to pick up anything like color.