Saturday, 20 October 2012

What is the difference between a Japanya kimono and yukata?

Kimono, literally meaning "item to wear" in Japanese, is a generic term for a type of gown that has been worn by Japanese men and women from the early Nara period to the present. Ankle-length, with long sleeves, it is wrapped left over right across the chest and secured at the waist by a broad sash known as an obi. 

Colourful kimono design
Simple yukata pattern
Japanya sells a large selection of kimono gowns, including a range of lightweight cotton kimono called yukata. Traditionally worn in Japan after bathing, yukata are commonly worn nowadays by Japanese at Onsen (hot spring resorts) and at summer festivals; and by Westerners as dressing gowns.

At some of our gowns are called kimono and others are called yukata. The main difference between a Japanya yukata and a Japanya kimono is that whereas the yukata are all made of a lightweight cotton with simple patterns and often plain colours, our kimonos can be made with different types of material (for example cotton sateen, embroidered cotton, polyester, or silk) and/or have more colourful more intricate designs. In addition, our yukata are available in varying lengths whereas our kimono tend to come in one length only.

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