Tag Archives: ro

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 »

Kimono gallery part three – wovens


Woven kimono from the Taisho and Showa periods are about my favourite kimono of all time. Most of the kimono that I actually wear on a daily basis are woven, or ‘predyed’ kimono. These have a lower degree of formality in Japan than kimono that are printed, and are used for at-home wear, casual occasions, parties with friends, etc. The… Read more »

Kimono diary: Cream ro but now needing a haori


21 degrees, with sun and showers, so alternately quite hot and freezing cold – fairly unseasonable for August. Felt like wearing ro today, so put on my cream one with plum blossoms, but then felt in need of an extra layer, so rather than getting undressed again, wore the cream silk haori with mosquito print. I originally bought this haori… 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 »

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 »