Yukatas

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Yukatas

 Grace, royalty, elegance, and comfort all combine in a garment that is guaranteed to make a statement. Whether it be the Jamavar Satin version, one of the lovely sheer chiffon, a basic cotton, or one of the special fabrics, your Yukata will show off your unique style. 

 The Yukata has a long history that includes comfort and beauty, and this turn on an ancient favorite is no exception. Utilizing up to 6 yards of material in the construction, this garment is guaranteed to be treasured in your collection. The Pan-Gaia Yukata boasts some traditional lines, such as the “Kitten Smuggling Sleeves” (inspired by ancient Chinese robes), to the open arm construction of the sleeves, but also brings in modern updates, such as the collarless collar from European fashion and the side slits that allow movement.

 In Japanese culture, all people are assumed to be right handed, so the yukata is belted left side over right so that the fan or wallet may be kept in the resulting ‘pocket’ – easily accessible to the right hand.  The Japanese will always wear their Yukata left side over right, so that they can put their right hand inside the fold to get to their fan or wallet.  When the Yukata is worn right over left, it means that the person inside is dead – in a very real way.  This tradition is why the Pan-Gaia yukata is usually designed to be worn left over right – a nod to the culture that first inspired it. 

 People often call the yukata a kimono.  However, the kimono is a more formal and traditional garment than the yukata.

Yukata Details:

 Easy Care – All fabrics are chosen for a certain amount of durability in mind.  All area easy to care for with a cold water wash and drip dry. 

 Rolled Hems – all hems are rolled to prevent fraying, and the sleeves sport French seaming for added strength. 

 Generous Fit – One size fits all gracefully.  Pleating in the shoulders gathers large widths of fabric easily so that the garment will flow down the body of the wearer. 

 Side Slits – Slits on the sides of the garment allow for freedom of movement, so that cosplayers can easily pose and walk. 

 Soft Fabrics – even if the robe is worn against the skin, it’s soft and gentle.  Makes a perfect costume, robe, or even a beach cover-up.

 Striking Color Combinations – Most of the yukatas are made from Indian saris, offering a dazzling array of colors and styles.  Jewel tones and soft pastels are contrasted with the metallic zari work.  Patterns of color are found on the cotton ones, and the chiffons are painted in an array of soft styles. 

Fabrics:

 Jamavar Satin – A special weave that creates a reversible pattern, mostly used to make wedding sari’s.  The fabric comes from the Jamavar region of India and features a soft drape and a heavy weight.  It often has a pattern woven throughout, with a heavier variation of the pattern on the pallu. 

 Regular Satin – Satins range from crisp to soft, but all have the distinctive shine and sheen that gives them such a rich texture.

 Chiffon – A thin, lightweight fabric that can be made from a variety of thread types.  Chiffon features a very soft drape with an airy feeling that looks fantastic over other fabrics. Chiffon can be anything from silk to cotton to polyester.

 Art Silk – Fine fabric made from Rayon, spun and woven to have the look and feeling of silk.  It is very fine fabric with a little stiffness to the drape, but a very soft feeling.  Art silk has a very distinctive weave to it, and often has a shimmer. 

 Cotton Broadcloth – Broadcloth is basic cotton fabric with a stiff fold and a heavy drape.  It is very sturdy, and can withstand quite a bit of punishment.  Broadcloth softens with washing, so the more that it is worn and washed, the softer it gets.

 Holiday Fabrics – A catchall term for some beautiful and unusual fabrics.  When sources of unusual fabrics are found, we often buy all the ones of that type available because they are usually hard to find.  Some ‘holiday fabrics’ have been crinkle satins, habotai silks, special velvets, full sized laces, and embroidered chiffons.  Usually, when the last item made from the ‘holiday fabrics’ is gone, the line will stop.