Blue hitoe hiro eri kimono of the yukata type with white, yellow and orange asanoha and igeta motifs.
Dress Length: 146 cm | 57.5"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 65 cm | 25.6"
Handmande in Japan
A kimono without liner is called hitoe, which means "single cloth". It is exclusively worn from June to September, the Summer season in Japan. It is exclusively worn from June to September, the Summer season in Japan. In hiro eri, the collar is wide and its inside is not sewn to the body. When put on, the lapel can be folded in two to feature the widht desired and fall naturally toward the erisaki (the bottom of the collar). It is used in many women’s kimonos.
Yukata is an unlined kimono, originally inspired by the hot springs bathrobes, which has become very popular at summer festivals. Nowadays a young Japanese person may not wear kimonos very often and may only hire them for special occasions, but might well have one or more yukatas for summer wear, as they are usually hand washable, much more casual, easier to wear and easier to maintain.
Before cotton was introduced to Japan in the 17th century, hemp was used to make paper and as a fiber crop and for clothing. Many kimono designs portray hemp as an attractive plant, usually in the form of geometric motifs. For example, the hemp leaf pattern asanoha (from asa meaning “hemp” and ha meaning “leaf”) is made up of six diamond shapes representing the six pointed leaves at the top of a hemp stem, laid out to form a six-pointed star. The regular geometric pattern, while abstract, represents overlapping hemp leaves. The pattern and its numerous variations can be combined with other seasonal motifs or used as the main design on a garment. Because hemp represents growth and good health, the asanoha pattern was often used on children’s clothes and underwear in the hope they would grow up to be as strong as hemp. Kimono bearing the asanoha design can be worn all year round, not only in winter.
The kanji character igeta looks exactly like the criss-crossed timbres known as well-curbs which were once seen all over Japan as a grille protecting the unwary from tumbling into an open well head. It has been a popular fabric motif for centuries, especially as a fashionable minimalist pattern on woven kasuri ikat cottons and for children’s yukata cotton kimono. Since a well is a source of water, it symbolizes life and good fortune.