yukata cottons :: Okan Arts

hand-dyed japanese cottons

A true Japanophile, I love to visit Japan and import vintage yukata cottons. My inventory to date includes over 950 bolts of different patterned cottons from the 1960s through to the 1990s. About 500 of those bolts are available online.

The majority of the yukata fabrics are hand-dyed. Traditionally the cotton was dyed with indigo blue but many of the newer patterns are produced with a vivid array of colors. In Japan, one bolt is used to make one yukata—a casual unlined summer kimono.

Yukata cottons from Okan ArtsMy brick-and-mortar shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle is a great place to see the whole collection.

Please contact patricia to make an appointment to visit the shop. 

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Liz Logan of Collecting Culture interviewed Patricia Belyea about her over-the-top yukata cotton collection and the role of yukata cotton in Japanese culture. [25:33 podcast]

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