Monday, August 30, 2010

Yukata

Akshta was delighted to wear Yukata - a casual light cotton kimono worn in Japan during summer. I had a choice between silk and cotton - both brightly coloured designs but was recommended by Japanese friends to go for cotton. Silk in Singapore weather would have been painful as experienced with Chinese attire. The name Yukata comes from the word ‘yu’ (bath) and ‘katabira’ (under clothing). It seems during Heian era (794-1185), court nobles wore linen ‘yukata’ which were draped loosely after taking a bath. I couldnt get wide obi belt but managed to get matching geta (wooden sandals) and purse to complete the attire.

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