Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How to Wash a Japanese Yukata

Japanese Yukata, also known as the "casual kimono" is a highly versatile traditional Japanese clothing. It is distinguished for its light fabric and casual design, and while renowned as a summer robe, it can actually be worn at different times of the year as a bath robe, summer robe, travel robe, or a summer kimono on your trip to Japan.

One of the ways to keep your Japanese yukata looking clean and good as new is by washing it properly, and Kimonoholic Tina helps us on this with the following tips:

1. Fold the yukata.

How to Fold the Japanese Yukata from KimonoYukataMarket.com

2. Lay the yukata flat on a big basin or bathtub and fill with water until it is submerged. According to the directions it's unneccesary to add detergent, but I put just a little in for good measure Let sit for 30 min and the dirty stuff is supposed to float out of the fabric.

3. Press on the yukata a few times to make the water move through. Drain and replace the water. Repeat 2 or 3 times to rinse.

4. Take the damp yukata, still in folded state and lay flat on a big bathtowel. Wrap the yukata in the bathtowel and step on it to wring the water out without making wrinkles.

5. Hang your yukata on a kimono hanger or a pole (like a broomstick that can be unscrewed) that can reach from the end of one sleeve to the other so that the yukata can hang straight to dry.

After it's dry, fold it back up and store.

If you have stains on your yukata, spot wash the stains before washing the yukata. To do this: Get two (2) washcloths. Put one under the stain. Wet the other and wring it till it's hard and almost dry and pat the stain with the damp washcloth. The stain should come off the other side onto the dry washcloth.

Where to Buy Japanese Yukata?

Japanese yukata is available in many Japanese clothing shops and online stores worldwide, and my top three (3) picks are the following. You will never go wrong shopping your yukata on the following places online so go check them out now, especially those that are on SALE before they run out of stock!:)

Kimono Market. This Japanese yukata and kimono specialty online store offers a very fine selection of authentic Japanese yukata and Japanese kimono from Japan, plus undergarments and accessories to use with the latter. High resolution, almost full screen pictures, allow you to see the product that you like at their best.

Left: Sakura Yukata for Women. On SALE! For only $49.99. Right: Dragon and Gale Yukata for Men. On Sale! $99.99

KimonoRobeStore.com. Call them your Asian lifestyle online store, KimonoRobeStore.com also offers a very handpicked selection of authentic Japanese yukata, Japanese kimono, plus accessories and undergarments to use them with, and a great variety more of Asian products for men, women, children, special occasions, party supplies, and many others, so if you need to shop more than yukata and kimono, KimonoRobeStore.com definitely has it all.

Shimazakura.com Layaway, overnight shipping, and a delightful selection of new and modern, or recycled and antique kimono? Grab them all here on Shimazakura.com, which also offers a handpicked selection of Japanese yukata plus accessories to go with the same.

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