Traditional Kimono are simple, straight-seamed garments made from a single bolt of cloth. It is the pattern on the surface, rather than the cut of the garment, that is significant.
This luxury polyester crepe-weave has the same stability along the grain as across it. This means that the garment pieces can be laid with the grain running across the body and down the sleeve.
As a result the Modern Kimono’s shape has been refined to incorporate the sleeve and body as one, with no centre back seam, to make the most of the printed fabric design.
The name Kimono means ‘a thing worn’ and dates from the 19th Century. Before that, the garment was known as a Kosode, meaning 'small sleeve' and a reference to the small opening at the wrist. The Modern Kimono has a narrower cuff than most Kimono, making it easier to wear.