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An Okkochi zome Yukata: “Dip Dyed” Shibori

Written on July 30, 2009

Trailing ivy and a glimpse of lattice is the motif on this beautiful, late nineteenth/early twentieth century Arimatsu shibori yukata.  A yukata is an unlined, cotton kimono, worn for summer outings, during stays at hot springs, and at home.

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This is an okkochi zome or “dip dyed” shibori technique: the desired pattern is stitched on the cloth, then, the stitched areas of the cloth are selectively dipped into the dye—-as opposed to the entire bolt being submerged in a dye vat.

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The naturalistic effect of a trailing vine is beautifully realized.

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This yukata shows a nice, airy pattern.  In old Japan yukata were worn on summer nights for strolls, for viewing fireworks and for other diversionary and casual activities.  That said, you’ll find a preponderance of  “light” and “airy” patterns on yukata which were intended to lend a cooling quality to the hot summer months. Patterns like streams, butterflies, delicate blooms and dragonflies, etc. are often found decorating yukata.okko1c

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  1. Comment by MiA:

    Beautiful!

    July 30, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

  2. Comment by Adina:

    The maker of this yukata had both a fine eye and hand. Not only does its design have a perfect balance of dark and light elements, it also shows exceptionally fine control of the the dyed motifs with no bleeding or spotting of the white ground. A extremely pleasing, refreshing example.

    July 30, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

  3. Comment by anna:

    ok J love !

    August 1, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

  4. Comment by kit:

    stunning!

    August 2, 2009 @ 9:53 am