Golden and bronze hitoe hiro eri kimono of the yukata type showing a dyed egasumi pattern.
Dress Length: 144cm | 56.7"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 62 cm | 25.2"
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 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 based off of 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.
Kumo means cloud. In ancient times, the Chinese people performed augury by observing the figure or color of clouds which climbed toward the sky from mountains. This custom passed on to Japan and the motif of cloud began to be used widely. In after ages, the figure of the motif extended more transversally generating distinct cloudy patterns. Egasumi depicts stylized clouds that look like fat lines with rounded corners, representing a hazy mist.