Last Updated: 06-21-2008
This was my first yukata, which I made just for the love of traditional Japanese clothing. There's a few innacuracies in the design; namely, I don't have a stiffened neckband, the yukata skirt doesn't have the proper triangular pieces in kimono and the fabric I used was broadcloth, which is actually very hot in sticky weather instead of a more breathable cotton. But, at least I can properly wear a yukata/kimono so the only innacuracies were of the clothign construction. But since it was my first, mom insisted on cheap material. My obi also needs remaking, it's a bit too narrow and I didn't stiffen it, so it droops when I tie it, and the only knot it'll allow is the bunko.
The yukata decorations are;
-Personal kamon on the back, sleeve backs and near the crossovers
-The five elemental kanji around the skirt (going left edge to right, Fire in red, water in light blue, earth in green, wind in dark blue, and lightning in yellow)
-On the front sides of the sleeves, the Naruto village symbols in appropriate colours with matching hexagons (for example, Leaf's symbol in green with a red hexagon around it, Sand's in tan with a blue hexagon around it)
-On the back sides, a circle of the village symbols around my personal Kamon
....and it's all hand-embroidered. Took me AGES.
I also took liberty of eventually adding in proper tabi, zouri, obiage,obijime (well, as close as one could compile in a city with no access to Japanese clothing and little money) and nagajuuban into the wearing of my yukata, so it could almost classify as a kimono.
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