Child’s yukata
Cotton
Shibori

This was originally an adult’s yukata. When it was no longer wearable in its original form, the salvageable material was recycled for a small child. It has been extensively repaired, as can be seen below. The maker of the yukata carefully stitched much of the yukata with large indigo cotton stitches. The stitchwork is even, with a long-short pattern that is pleasing to the eye as well as functional.

When using shibori technique, more work goes into a garment that is primarily white than one that is primarily dyed. A few small well-placed resist stitches can make an outstanding white (undyed) design in a garment completely submerged in a dye bath. To make a dyed design on a white ground, a great deal of labor goes into preventing the dye from reaching most of the fabric. The owner of this yukata was clearly reluctant to let it go, even adding an extra unmatched hem.

At some point, repairs were made in several places with a sewing machine. Unlike the careful hand stitching, all the machine sewing sppears almost random, although by current standards it has an edgy grafitti-like look.

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