Category Archives: Yukata

Kimono vs yukata


When does a yukata become a kimono? We are in the long, hot, sweltering days of August now, the days of usumono silks and, above all, yukata. But what makes a yukata a yukata? If you wear a yukata with a juban and collars, does it magically transform into a kimono? The question of what makes a yukata a yukata… Read more »

Bearing with the heat


There’s nothing cooler than kimono in these high temperatures. It’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… Read more »

How to price a kimono


Only you can decide what to pay for a kimono, but here’s the rough guide I use. I thought today that I’d write a word or two about pricing. What a collector is willing to pay for kimono depends on a number of factors, including your income and the purpose to which you’re going to put the kimono. And I… Read more »

Grey yukata with flower print


My one and only kimono not bought by myself. This grey yukata with tiny flower print is a slight oddity in my collection – it was a gift from someone else. All my other kimono are ones I’ve bought myself. This one, my friend R bought for me when I began collecting. Sold to her as a silk kimono, it… Read more »

Cotton ro kimono and yukata


When is a kimono not a yukata? When I was searching for yukatas recently, I came across this cotton ro kimono from Yamatoku. I already have this other yukata with jazzy pattern (see below) in cotton ro. Ro is a leno weave characterised by hundreds of tiny holes, usually laid horizontally, and is wonderfully thin and light in the hot… Read more »

Navy yukata with hibiscus blossom


This vintage yukata from Yamatoku is very practical and wearable. This is one of my new yukatas – navy cotton with hibiscus blossom (at least, I think it’s hibiscus – it might be pawlonia).The description lists it simply as ‘hana’ – flower. It’s from Yamatoku, but I’m not sure how old it is – probably fairly modern (1960s-1990s?). Yamatoku no… Read more »

Falling in love with kimono again


After a long hiatus, I have fallen in love with kimono again. I have been buying kimono again after a long gap, and oh what a joy it is. The main reason has been the recession – for a couple of years, there simply hasn’t been the money to spend on things that I don’t actually need, however beautiful they… Read more »