What’s the Difference Between a Kimono and a Yukata?

Kimono, which translates as "thing to wear", is a broad term identifying garments in general, though we tend to associate kimono with the formal robe typically made from silk and worn to formal occasions.

Yukata, with the same basic construction as kimono, are made from cotton, unlined, and usually worn to summer festivals.  Yukata have fewer variations than a kimono; the sleeves are never elongated, the collars are never wide or layered, and the patterning is usually repeated and rarely asymmetrical.

The nemaki is often confused with the yukata because nemaki are typically blue and white cotton, two very common yukata colors.  Nemaki, however, are lounging robes, often worn after the bath, have narrow sleeves, a patch pocket and a thin same-fabric belt.


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