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Candy Striped Yukata Kimono
  • A pretty cotton yukata kimono, with lily of the valley on a candy stripe background. This is unused deadstock from a range that came out in Japan in 2016
  • This kimono unused and stitched folded, so cannot be opened out for photos
  • Hand washable


  • Yukata kimono. Yukata are unlined, cotton kimonos, worn as ultra-casual kimonos at summer festivals, at home and as bath robes
  • A hitoe (unlined) kimono. Yukata kimonos sometimes have a reinforcement panel inside, to strengthen the area where heels will rub when sitting in seiza (kneeling) position
  • Cotton – hand washable (wash by hand, as machines can rip off the swinging sleeves of kimonos). Use colour detergent to avoid fading colours and do not leave to soak. Do not rub when washing

Excellent - unused

Sleeve end to sleeve end 134cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam 5
Length 163cm

Japanese clothing is usually of adjustable fit, being mostly wrap-over or tie-to-fit items, so most garments fit a range of sizes. Because of this (and only really knowing my own size anyway) I can't really advise anyone on the fit. Please judge fit from the measurements given.Measure from centre back of neck, along shoulder and down the arm to the wrist, then double that and compare it with the sleeve end measurement to judge sleeve length. If shown modelled, the woman in the photos is 125 cm from wrist to wrist.


Yukata cleaning info (courtesy of There are a few tricks to take care of your yukata. The first is a preventative measure. To avoid staining easy to stain areas, like under the arms, you can sew a protective layer of material on the inside of the yukata. This will catch the sweat before it reaches the outside of the garment. Simpler still, you can wear a V-necked short-sleeved T-shirt underneath, which will ensure you keep the yukata away from your skin.

If you have got sweat on the yukata, place the stained part on top of a dry towel and dab away the stain using a moist wet cloth. Dabbing away stains, like tea stains, is the best way to reduce the risk of fading through overwashing.

Another option is to use an old toothbrush and a little detergent to scrub at the stain to remove it. If washing via machine is necessary, fold the yukata into a laundry net and machine wash on a hand-wash cycle; don't use the spin cycle. Once out of the machine, roll the yukata into a towel to squeeze out the excess water before leaving it to hang dry.

Note that yukata do tend to fade with frequent washing, older, hand printed ones, in particular those with indigo dye, can colour run a bit.