Red hitoe bashi eri kimono of the yukata type with kikko pattern, showing green and gray floral details inside the hexagons.
Dress Length: 154 cm | 60.6"
Sleeve Length: 34 cm | 13.4"
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. 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 based on 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.
Kikko means "tortoise shell." Originally, this hexagonal geometric design came from Western Asia. In Asian cultures, the tortoise represents longevity and in Japan this animal is said to live for ten thousand years. Thus, the kikko pattern symbolizes longevity. Additional designs can be found inside the hexagons, such as lucky motifs, flowers or family crests (kamon).
In ancient times, reddish colors were generated by akane (rubia akane) or benibana (safflower).