Category Archives: Yukata

Blue cotton hitoe with stylised flowers

When is a cotton hitoe not a yukata? The answer, really, is when it’s too heavy. The kimono I’m wearing in this picture is a modern kasuri cotton kimono, unlined. I can, and sometimes do, wear it as a yukata but the fabric is quite stiff and thick – though by no means as thick as the old-style handwoven kasuri,… Read more »

How to price a kimono

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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 »

Cotton ro kimono and yukata

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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 »