Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cloth under the cloth

Ever wonder what is traditional to wear under a kimono?

Or how upper class women dealt with hot weather under those layers of cloth?

This weeks entry is just on that.

koshimaki (hip wrapping) 腰巻


Anonymous said...

I seem to remember it was fashionable during the Tokugawa shogunate for upper-class women to wear several layers of these, each with a different color. I remember thinking that it was kind of silly, since you wouldn't see much of it...then I remembered that my culture dictates that my gender expose about 3 inches of necktie under a suit jacket. 8-)

Anyway. Confirm/disprove the koshimaki thing?


Gilles Poitras said...

The multilayer style for women goes back to at least to Heian Japan if not earlier. I'll have to find the name for the style and perhaps do an entry.