A Patched Striped Cotton Yogi: Oversized Kimono Shaped Duvet

$265.00 USD

early twentieth century
54" x 57", 137 cm x 145 cm

A yogi is a kimono-shaped duvet which was used to keep warm while sleeping during the winter months.  It has the same basic shape as a kimono, but it is oversized, is lined, and is stuffed with cotton wadding when available.

Often yogi were presented as part of a bridal trousseau which included a range of household necessities such as hand towels, diapers, bedding, etc.

The yogi was not worn as might be suggested by its garment shape, instead it was laid over the body in the same manner as is shown in the lead photograph, flayed as is shown.

This is the exterior of the yogi; the cotton fill and the lining are missing. Were they to have been still intact this yogi would have been very heavy in weight and very bulky in dimension.

This yogi is hand stitched from striped cotton and is fitted with charming kasuri gussets under each sleeve. The placement of the patches to the back of the garment, although necessary, seems artful rather than useful.

The yogi is starched so it is rather stiff to the touch but that said it is also in good, used condition with no discernible stains and no loss to the fabric.

It is a handsome display piece and would also make an interesting piece to study.

Recommended.