Mid-19th century Europe came up with the world ‘polkamania’ to describe its own excitement. As the polka craze swept west across the continent, enthusiasts claimed the polka jacket, then the polka hat, and finally, the polka dot. The word ‘polka’ itself derives from the Polish for ‘Polish woman’. Polka dots are inherently diminutive, automatically feminine.
Today when we wear them, we inherit their complicated legacy from the female figures that have worn them before us from Miss America in 1926, Minnie Mouse, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lucille Ball – shifting the realm of rocking a dot and be taken seriously at the same time.
‘Harvard won’t be impressed that you aced History of Polka Dots.’ – Elle Woods’ college counselor.
Circa 4th Generation in the kimono line handmade by Exquisitely*Joy tailors. All kimonos designed as wearable art for use in meditation, rituals, and beyond. One and only.
Handmade of light cotton. Handwash cold or spot clean only. Steam carefully to remove creases.
Our conscious luxury kimonos, kaftans, capes, capelets, and jumpsuits are sustainable, employ a zero-waste principle, and are made fair trade of vintage, up-cycled, end-of-rolls, eco-certified fabrics, and natural materials. See our sustainability statement at the bottom of the website for more information.