four august giveaways!
SEATTLE WA This month, Okan Arts’ giveaway features coordinated sets of vintage yukata cotton! Each set includes three one-yard pieces of indigo hand-dyed cotton. Four giveaways, valued at $48 each, will be given away.
Yukata cottons, typically 14″ wide, are used for making summer kimonos—casual, unlined kimonos worn at Bon Odori festivals throughout the hot month of August. For centuries the Japanese only used indigo for dyeing the crisp cotton. (Today every color is used to produce a wondrous array of vivid patterns.)
Indigo, one of the world’s oldest dyes, is considered a spiritual color. The rich navy blue connotes fairness, integrity and organization.
Small workshops use “chusen dyeing” to prepare and pattern the cottons. +click here to see a 50-second video showing the many steps of chusen dyeing.
To participate in these giveaways, just answer this question in the Comment box below: Why do you love the color indigo?
The drawing for these giveaways will be held at midnight PST on August 31, 2015. Four winners will be chosen with a random number drawing. The prizes will then be shipped anywhere in the world.
To visit Okan Arts Shop with over 300 yukata cottons +click here
To buy Jenny Balfour-Paul’s amazing book, Indigo +click here
This giveaway is now closed. The winners are Vivian R of Red Bluff CA, Susan S of Federal Way WA, Marta A of Madison WI and Linda R of Olympia WA.