The Yukata is a casual version of the kimono. Yukata literally means "bathing cloth" and it was originally intended to be just that. The traditional Yukata was usually made of printed cotton with an indigo and white pattern. Those we prefer, have bold, graphic patterns often using geometric or seasonal designs. Yukata was worn after bathing in a communal bath, functioning as a quick way to cover the body and to absorb remaining moisture. Wear yours however you like!