"Stone Path" Woman's Shibori Michiyuki
This design looks to us to like the paving stone pathways that lead one through a Japanese garden. Some of the stone shapes feature pine boughs in a sky blue; in others you'll find yellow overlapping wave (saigaiha) patterning as well as bamboo and florals.
Between the stones the background color varies from berry to pink. All of the design was created with various sizes and shapes of shibori binding.
Square neck line, inner ties to keep the hemline straight, and a hidden pocket on the right front panel (see green feathered tuft tucked in the pocket in one of the photos.)
Michiyuki are a narrow garment, fastened with snaps that will open if the fit is too tight. (The measurement we give is the jacket snapped closed, so your hips and waist measurement should be several inches smaller than the hips/waist measurement we give.) If you like this michiyuki but need more room, we can convert this to our Japanique Jacket style for $15 more. Just select the option above when ordering. Allow for an extra two days before we can ship. See the video below for a description on the different styles of kimono jackets, and click here to see our other Japanique Jackets.
Shibori is "Japanese tie-dye", where an artisan stitches along a stenciled image on the fabric, pulling the threads tightly to create a resist. The fabric is then dyed and when the threads are released, the pattern is revealed. There are dozens of shibori techniques, with the most common these days called kaneko (referring to the spots on a fawn), where an often elaborate pattern is created by hundreds of tiny dots. Kyoto is famous for this kaneko style. Watch the video below to learn more.
Michiyuki were worn over the kimono (which showed at the neck) on chilly days. Michi means "street" and yuki refers to "going out".