In the ancient times, Japanese people wore a very simple tubular cloth with small sleeves. As time passed, the shape of their clothes began to change.
During the Nara period to the Heian period, wide sleeved kimonos known as Karaginu were worn by aristocrats. They wore short, a small sleeved top underneath the outer kimono which was the prototype of the Kimono.
Today, the different lengths and sizes of the sleeves influence the types and design of the Kimono.