Blue hitoe bachi eri kimono of the yukata type with indigo flowers such as kikyo and nadeshiko dyed in the katazome technique.
Dress Length: 145 cm | 57.1"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 61 cm | 24"
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. In bachi eri, the collar is folded and sewn down to the body, extending naturally towards the erisaki (the bottom of the collar). It is called bachi eri because its shape is like bachi, the stick used to play the samisen (a three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument derived from the Chinese instrument sanxian).
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.
Hanakotoba is the Japanese form of the language of flowers. The Japanese have a long tradition of associating meanings to flowers, and they have influenced numerous aspects of their culture from kimono to war. Flowers such as the sakura (cherry blossom) and kiku (chrysanthemum) are national symbols of Japan. Such flowers have the power to invoke powerful emotions and they are engaged in the people's thinking. Beyond these national symbols, others have more subtle meanings. In Japan, they are a traditional gift for both men and women, and are often used to convey what can't be spoken. Even nowadays, flower meanings make occasional appearances in modern popular culture such as manga and anime.
Kikyo is the bellflower, a white five petal flower that takes its name from its bell-shaped nodding head. The plant blooms from late summer into early autumn. There are both wild and domesticated varieties of the bellflower, and when chanced upon in the mountains, a cluster of these is a visual treat. Symbolizes unchanging love, honesty and obedience.
Nadeshiko (dianthus, pink or wild carnation) has always had a strong association with women and love. The Waka poets saw the Nadeshiko as a personification of a girl who has been raised by a man and its association with women is still just as strong today. With its pretty flowers and delicate leaves, the pink takes its Japanese name from the tenderness it inspires, similar to the feeling when patting a child affectionately on the head (naderu). One of the Aki No Nanakusa (The Seven Flowers of Fall), it blooms around August and September, bringing forth five delicately separated pink-edged white petals. In olden times, it was also known as tokonatsu, or "everlasting summer". In the modern world, the term yamato nadeshiko is used to describe the ideal Japanese woman.
Katazome, mainly used to create repeat patterns on fabric, gained popularity in Japan as a simple way to mimic the look of woven brocades. It is a Japanese originated method of dyeing textiles with a resistant rice paste applied through a paper stencil (katagami), and the country is credited with developing this dyeing technique to a level of unparalleled sophistication.