- A white, cotton, men's yukata kimono, with samurai faces and gourd bottles. The kanji on the gourd bottles says odori (dance), so tis is probably a kimono made for a traditional Japanese dancer, probably for use during a Japanese festival.
- Yukata kimono. Yukata are unlined, cotton kimonos, worn as ultra casual kimonos at summer festivals, at home and as bath robes
- Type: A hitoe (unlined), yukata kimono
To judge fit on you (measurements below)...
Check height: For men you should pick a kimono that is about 10” (25cm) shorter than your height. However, shorter is fine for home wear kimono
Check width: A kimono with a width (Sleeve seam to sleeve seam measurement) that is at least 16” (40cm) greater than your hip size will fit perfectly, however if the width of the kimono is not at least 10” (25cm) greater than your hip size, your legs may be visible as you walk but there’s nothing wrong with that of course, but it’s just not the traditional way.
Being wrap-over garments, you adjust the tightness by the amount you wrap over the fronts, always left over right on both men and women
Sleeve end to sleeve end 122 cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam (yuki) 61cm
Sleeve depth 42.5cm
Samurai Faces Yukata Kimono
Naga-juban kimono are underwear kimonos, often with fabulous textile art on them. They also make lovely house/bath robes.
Japanese clothing is usually of adjustable fit, being mostly wrap-over or tie-to-fit items, so most garments fit a range of sizes. The are held closed with an oi sash, always bought separately, 9cm deep sahses hold them well.
I can't really advise anyone on the fit. Please judge fit from the measurements given. Check length given for the garment, then measure from base of back of your neck down to judge that length on you.
Also 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.
Storage: Hang up your garment for a few hours prior to wearing, to remove fold creases. They should also be hung out to air 4 times per year, if not worn frequently. Hang your garment to air for a day or so immediately after purchase too, as it will have been stored for a while. Some of my garments have white stitching (shitsuke) round the outside edges to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment.
Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing kimonos. All cleaning is done entirely at your own risk, as is standard with all vintage garments and items. I would advise only dry cleaning but select your dry cleaner carefully and take their advice before deciding.
Colour: Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only.