The Yukiwa are reinforcements of the Kotegashira on places under important constraint, especially friction.
It is an effective alternative to full Clarino or Deerskin Kotegashira, when looking for an easy to dry or light Kote while keeping it sturdy.
Yukiwa types :
- Tsubazure : Yukiwa around the inside of the index and the thumb. On the right hand, it reinforces the Kotegashira against the friction caused by the Tsuba. On the left hand, it reinforces the Kotegashira against the friction caused by the Tsukagawa.
- Yako : Yukiwa wich cover the thumb, index and middle finger, as well as part of the hand, for an extended reinforce zone.z
- Tsumekawa : Additional Yukiwa at different place around the Kotegashira to reinforce specific zone.
- Tetknit : Material really fast to dry, used mainly for washable Bougu and part in contact with a lot of sweat. It is a synthetic material.
- Orizashi : Material that dry fast and lighter than other material. The fiber are however more exposed. It is made from cotton dyied with Aizome.
- Clarino/ Synthetic deerskin : Material with a look and properties close to deerskin.
- Deerskin/ Shikagawa : The most resistant material used for Bogu. It allies a great sturdiness with great flexibility. It is, however, more difficult to dry than other material, and require more maintenance.
- Chagawa : Normal Shikagawa which has been smocked to improve its resistance and durability. Well known for its unique smell.
- Kongawa : Normal Shikagawa which has been smocked to improve its resistance and durability. It has been dye with Aizome. The smell is fainter that Chagawa.
- Shirakawa : Bleached deerskin which has not been dyied. It is more delicate and flexible than Chagawa and Kongawa.