Yamato, a maker of traditional Japanese garments, has released a new line of summer clothing called Yukata Zero. As the name implies, the concept behind the new initiative is inclusivity: reducing the number of people who can’t wear yukata, to zero.
the 3 different types of yukata (from left to right): a 2-piece that opens at the front, a pullover/pullup 2-piece and a 1-piece
Yukata are a more casual version of the kimono and are typically worn during the summer. However, both kimono and yukata pose several challenges for those unaccustomed with the complexity of the garments, as well as for those with disabilities.
Yamato, a kimono and yukata maker with over 100 years of history, decided to apply to their garments the concept of universal design: “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” The team came up with a 3 different styles of yukata, that each come in 5 different patterns.
The yukata are easy to wear, easy to clean and are all equally beautiful. In an initial phase, the company has debuted their lineup for women, which are available on their website for 34,900 yen (about $325).