Yukata are traditional Japanese garments that are full-length T-shaped robes with long sleeves and are secured in place with a decorative belt called an obi. Similar to a kimono but less formal, yukata are made with thinner material and are often worn in the summer by both men and women attending Matsuri (Japanese festivals). Although the formal method of wearing tying the obi is complex, yukata can be purchased with a pre-tied bow that simplifies this process.
Women’s yukata are bright and colorful and can be styled up with different accessories. You can mix and match colors of the Obi (decorative belt), and your Geta (traditional sandals). Obi is the most important part of the yukata as it holds the outfit together. You can buy pre-tied bow that can be worn as a belt instead of tying your own.
Children’s yukata designs can range from traditional Japanese patterns to recent anime and superhero character prints. In recent years, a young girl’s yukata may have lace and appear more dress like. Yukata for babies are also available.
Step 1: Hold right side of fabric up so that length of yukata is aligned at bottom of your ankles and pull inside the robe. Bring your left side of the fabric to the front.
Step 2: Keep holding the yukata tightly and use one hand to tie a string around your waist
Step 3: Insert both hands into the side openings under the arm. Remove any crease around the wait for front and back.
Step 4: Fasten obi (thick belt) above the waist line. Pull extra fabric under the obi
Step 5: Inset hook of pre-made bow on back of your obi
Step 6: Tie around the sting of pre-made bow at front and hide it underneath the obi. Straighten any creases and unevenness when you’re done.