A traditional yukata is made of cotton. It might be worn if you visit a ryokan (an inn) with an onsen (hot spring) or at festivals. The left side should be overlapping the right, just like when wearing a traditional kimono. Prints are usually stripes, butterflies, dragons, rabbits or large flowers.
Natsuki Shigeta of Tsukikageya is queen of punk yukata and a great inspiration. She designs her prints either by hand or on the computer and works closely with traditional textile printers, who still use the traditional way of printing by using rice paste. The technique dates back from the Edo-period (1603-1868).
First, the design is cut onto a print paper made of tanned paper. The paper consists of many layers that are glued together with persimmon tannin. The paper is then being placed on cotton cloth and glutinous rice paste is spread over it. Then it is time to dye or print.
Rather fierce, don’t you think?