The KIMONO the traditional cloting of japan, has been influenced through the years by China and Korea. In the Heian times(the 9th century), woman who served people of high birth, wore "JUNI-HITOE". During the KAMAKURA period(the13th century) , KIMONOs began to have a great variety, ever though the common people still wore simple KIMONO, virtually a robe and a string. Only women of noble birth were allowed to wear KATSURAGI when they went out into public. KOSODE, or full sleeved KIMONO, appeared in the Azuchimomoyama period(the 16th century) as outerwear. Long sleeved KIMONO were also created in this period. With the textile technology boom of the Edo period(the 17th century), big sleeved KIMONO called "OH-FURISODE" appeared. Married woman tied up OBI in the front. The present style of traditional dress is from the Meiji period(the 19th century).