Condition: Great

Vintage Japanese Yukata | Rare Women’s Shibori Light Cotton Kimono | Onsen/Furo Robe | Showa – 1960

The Yukata is a casual light unlined cotton garment for wearing in summer. Today these garments are mainly worn to the traditional Bon-Odori and summer festivals. The relative simply construction of yukata means Japanese women and men can put the yukata on unassisted, (typically two colors, (indigo & taupe), is the standard color for men). This particular yukata design is called Shibori, which is known to be one of the oldest indigo dying techniques in Japan, most popular in the early Edo period when lower common people were forbidden from wearing silk Kimono. Additionally today beautiful Japanese textiles are merging in the denim world and are decorated in Sashimi and bore techniques that are infiltrating the western market. This Yukata is light weight in dyed two-dimensional geometric designs in indigo, orange, cream on the surface and made for a woman, handmade, and illustrating numerous mixed techniques and texture, (not machine mass-produced using computer aided design methods as are contemporary pieces). Interesting note: When a woman wears a kimono, yukata or juban, the right side lapel is always on the outside, but for men the overlapping of the garment is the opposite, (left over right). Condition: Very Good, exceptional color/fabric condition with all the intact textural qualities produced by hand knotting. Wear consistent with age. with a few minor stains on the bottom. Dimensions: 60-0”L x 51-0”w, (shoulder to shoulder).

Additional Information —

The name yukata comes from the word yu, (bath) and katabira, (under clothing). In the Heian era (794-1185), court nobles wore linen yukata which were draped loosely preceding after taking a bath. The yukata was later also worn by Japanese warriors and by the Edo era (1600-1868), it was widely worn by the public when public bath became a popular recreation in Japan as it is today. Further, the yukata is also widely worn while staying at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn). Yukata fabric designs vary from the traditional plain cross hatch pattern to the more intricate colorful designs. A cotton sash is usually worn with the yukata for casual daily or nightly wear. In attending festivals and public occasions, the yukata is worn with a wider belt, which can be simply wrapped around the waist and tucked in at the end. The yukata is worn with with a matching geta, (wooden sandals).

Shibori Hand Dye Technique

For Shibori the cloth can be bound, stitched, folded, twisted, clamped and compressed. It is also not unusual to find that rice has been used to create the pattern. Each method that is used is done in harmony with the type of cloth to create beautiful surface designs. Fabrics have all different characteristics so the method must be chosen wisely to achieve the desired effect. The results are endless and can be as simple or as elaborate as you please. Complete research on Shibori can be found in a publication entitled: Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing by Yoshiko Wada, Mary Kellogg Rice and Jane Barton. 1983, ISBN: 0-87011-559-6. Below are a few patterns found on yukata but the motif styles are endless.

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