Different time periods of history have had differing viewpoints on the female form, including widespread use of corsets throughout European history up to the Victorian era. The Japanese kimono can be considered a very elaborate form of binding, although the obi (belt) goes around the lower torso, the chest is bound by the sarashi.
Kimono: 1850-1900. The design of this kimono illustrates the close connection between painting and textile arts that exists in Japan. The surface of the garment has acted as a kind of hanging scroll for the creation of a hand-painted and dyed image of cranes among pines and plum blossoms. Touches of embroidery have been used to highlight the crests of the birds and parts of the pine boughs.