I found this unusual yukata at the Phoenix Obon rummage sale for $10 so I wanted to share. It's soft and well-loved and I'm guessing a little bit faded. But I think that is part of it's charm. It also has a definite feeling of coolness because of the predominant pale blue-grey, blue and white of the design.
The fours seasons of blue birds
There are four different bird designs showing the four seasons! I love the little blocky houses and the pink leaves in the beaks of the birds; the birds remind me of doves carrying olive branches. Sorry that the image of the "spring" bird" (upper right) isn't whole but it's the only bird design that is cut off each time it repeats on the yukata. I think the design is really cute and special. It's on the small size...58-1/2" long , with a wingspan of about 50", but I can wear it with a tiny ohashori. I think I will pair it with a red/white or solid white hakata obi to keep the feeling soft and cool. It's in virtually flawless condition.
Let me know what you think of the design!