Difference Between Kimono And Yukata

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Difference Between Kimono And Yukata

Post by Ittachi_Kawasaki » Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:37 am

When people talk about Japan, everyone must be curious about Kimono & Yukata - the traditional garments that has been famous around the world with their charming style, beauty and traditional aesthetic. However, not many people know the actual difference between Kimono and Yukata (http://questionjapan.com/blog/location- ... nd-yukata/).

1. The Fabric
The main difference between Kimono and Yukata is their fabric. Kimono dress usually comes in silk fabric, silk is traditionally a more luxurious fabric and reflects the aesthetics of the Kimono. On the contrary, Yukata comes in polyester or cotton, this makes Yukata is less expensive than Kimono and also cooler to wear in the summertime.

2. Occasions
Another difference between Kimono and Yukata is they are worn for different occasions. Japanese people often wear Yukata in summer to attend fireworks or matsuri or other summer festivals. Yukata is also worn as bathrobe in places such as Hot Springs. On the other hand, Kimono is commonly worn for more formal occasions like in graduation from high school or first prayer of the new year or wedding.

3. Sleeves
There is also a big difference between Kimono and Yukata in terms of sleeves. The sleeves of the Kimono are made based on many factors such as marital status, age and the importance of the event you are attending. Furisode Kimono is the Kimono having the longest sleeves. This type of Kimono with the long sleeves touching the ground is worn by unmarried young women only. This helps Japanese men in knowing which women were available to marriage, though today not everyone knows about this fact. Besides, there are also many Kimono types that have medium length sleeves. In contrast, the sleeves of the Yukata are never longer than 50 cm, so they won’t touch the ground ever.

4. Composition
When wearing Kimono, we have to wear a lining underneath the patterned silk layer. However, with Yukata we never need this lining as Yukata is worn in summer and the use of a lining would make us feel too hot. Kimono also has more aspects than just the lining and patterned silk.

5. Socks
White socks are a compulsory accessory while wearing Kimono. It means that unique shoes, like geta or zori, will have to be worn with Kimono dress. On the other hand, it is not compulsory to wear white socks with Yukata dress.

6. Collars
Another difference between Kimono and Yukata is their collars. While Kimono has at least 2 collars (one sitting close to the neck, and the other one located a little lower), Yukata has only one collar.

7. Season
As Yukata is made with only one layer, it cannot be used in winter. In comparison, Kimono comes with many types of accessory so Kimono can be suitable for all the seasons, for instance, a fur shawl for the winter. So if you see someone wearing a garment in winter and are not sure whether it is Kimono or Yukata, it is surely Kimono.

8. Price
Kimono is worn by both women and men. In contrast, Yukata is worn more by women than men. In terms of price, Kimono is more expensive than Yukata as Kimono is made from more luxurious materials and requires more time to make.

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