This women’s dark navy blue indigo hand-stitched yukata cotton kimono has bold kiku (chrysanthemum) and Karakusa (arabesque pattern) motif design. It has a bachi-eri (folded lapel). Staying Alive is an attractive vintage piece.
The yukata is slightly starched. Traditionally Japanese people like cotton kimono to be starched because of the crispy fresh feeling in very hot summer weather. The yukata will soften after a couple of gentle hand pressed washes in cold water.
The kimono is quite long. Please check the measurement. You may need to have a bit of tuck at your waist with this length of kimono unless you are very tall. You can adjust the length by using a koshihimo (a cord tied around the waist of a womans kimono to hold it in place). Koshihimo is available for £4. Please ask for more details.
Or you could make a belt from cutting about 20 cm off the bottom of the kimono and sewing it. They are long because Japanese people tuck the kimono in around their waist when they wear kimonos.
It has some certain wear and a slight mark in the bottom part of the lining, but as a whole is in a very good condition for the age. Please check the detail photos and 'Extra Images'.
Note: This kimono does not come with a belt. If you would like one, please check my casual obi collection on casual-obi-belt.html. Prices start from £8 or £10 for a belt.