Bearing with the heat

     

There’s nothing cooler than kimono in these high temperatures.

Blue yukataIt’s been hot here in France the past couple of weeks and I’m pretty much living in kimono.

Some years ago I bought a cream silk ro kimono that I shortened to make into a nightie. This is a brilliant thing for sleeping in, or, with the addition of a datejime and obi, I can just about get away with it for hanging around the garden.

Other than that, I’m wearing mostly yukata, and so addicted have I been to the comfort of it, that today I actually broke a barrier and was seen out in public in one. I just couldn’t face the thought of wearing western clothing.

Kasuri kimono

To be strictly accurate, I think my kasuri yukata is meant to be a kimono. It was as stiff as a board when it arrived, back in about 2004, and so tiny that I had to take it apart and repiece it using the full width of the selvedge in order to get it to fit. Now it’s one of my favourites.

I wore it out on Wednesday night over a ro yukata used as a juban, and teamed with my yellow yukata obi – a favourite in hot weather, as it’s so thin, and topped with my yellow and black Taisho cotton haori, and I felt as cool as a cucumber.

Today, I wore it as a yukata out to a local park where we were doing some preliminary shooting for a short film we’re making. I initially topped it with a lovely Taisho era haori, but by the time this photo was taken, we’d been walking for an hour in the sun and the haori had long since been removed – you can see its arabesque pattern on the left, slung over my bag.

Unstylish this outfit may be (my new obijime cord was coming undone) but I post it nevertheless to show how easy it is to function in kimono – it is no different from wearing a comfortable dress.

Yellow yukata and Taisho haori

The yellow yukata in this final picture is a modern one and very flimsy and irritating compared with older ones. It also lacks a shoulder lining. It is, however, very thin, so nice for sitting on the patio and working, as we have been doing this past few days. The haori is a Taisho one in rayon, with a lovely fake-shibori lining, which I wore when we had friends over for tea the other day.

Gradually, people are getting used to me and my little ways so I hope gradually to be brave enough to wear kimono more often.

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