The ocher of this katabira, a thin morning kimono, is a cross between kuchiba—a subdued tan—and yamabuki—a golden yellow reminiscent of the common freesia. Th e color emphasizes lightness and the openwork reveals under layers and interacts for an integrated color palette. For a bold color scheme, pair this with the dark eggplant Suo Amanuno (page 76); dead-leaf yellow and purple are a color combination for May, according to a traditional Japanese calendar. For a softer look, pair it with the natural white Shiro Shiriku (page 110) or the Under Kosode Shell (page 126).
I chose an undulating diamond lace pattern for the back and front panels and a checkerboard of lace and solid squares for the sleeves. Garter stitch stabilizes the fl uidity of the open-work pattern at the neckband and cuffs. Press the finished piece to intensify the drape for a truly luxurious kimono to wear any time of the day or night.