Grains growing now are probably winter-planted, as it can take rice and wheat 5-6 months to reach maturity. Then, in some cases, the rice fields can be flooded to yield a second crop by November.
Kimono in this season should be unlined (hitoe) but not transparent, like ro or sha fabrics. Keep them as lightweight as possible, and cool colours are preferred. The idea is to inspire a feeling of 'coldness' on the most humid of days. Obi should be unlined, and your juban can be unlined and sheer, if you like. If you wear a haori, go for sheer or lace items!
|This fabric of this kimono is illegal to produce in America.|
For those who do not know, hemp is a member of the plant Cannabis Sativa. Yep. There is your political reason for it not being used right there... even though hemp itself comes from a relatively low-THC strain, meaning that is has no value as a drug, as opposed to the strain marijuana comes from, which is high in THC. ::facepalm:: We could partially solve issues with deforestation, paper production and consumption, and all kinds of other issues, if only our American government knew enough 3rd grade science to understand the difference between a strain of plant with no psychoactive properties, and a different plant in the same species that does have psychoactive properties. And the whole thing would be a moot point if any of them could read above a 6th grade level (that of a 12 year old), where they would then be able to go through JAMA and numerous other well-founded scientific studies showing that even the psychoactive members of Cannabis have innumerable benefits to very sick people when used properly.
|A famous traditional pattern featuring a plant few living|
Japanese have ever seen in person.
If you would like to make your own kimono from asa fabric, your best bet is to import it from China or one of the small surrounding islands. You can often find it cheaply by the bolt on Ebay. Sometimes it comes dyed, other times, you will have to dye it yourself. Make sure that you inspect the weave and softness beforehand. I have only one asa kimono, which is relatively soft and feels very similar to a thick denim, from late Taisho - early Showa era (before the ban). It is only this piece that I can use to compare 'foreign' hemp fabrics to Japanese fabrics. But as the kimono is nearly 100 years old, I can promise the durability of a hemp kimono makes the expense of owning one well worth it!