This may sound like a very basic question, and in fact it is, but I am
finding divergent answers to it ... what were the primary differences
between men's and women's kosode/kimono and haori in the late Momoyama
I typically make my kimono with a square sleeve, small open portion
(on sleeve and body) at the armpit, and fully open cuffs. The
sleeves, with arms held out to the sides, hang approximately to mid
rib-cage level, and are of a length to reach 1/3 to 1/2 way down the
forearm. I would be more exact, but no two have ever yet come out
quite the same. :-)
My hakama seem alright, with the exception of the %*!@&%$ backplate I
put on three of them before I knew any better. Hopefully, I will have
time to take them off before Pennsic. If not, let's hope the haori
will cover it.
The persona I am recreating is a late 16th century (born 1543 to be
exact) bushi from north central Mutsu province (where I picked up an
atrocious Trimarian accent), if that narrows things down a bit.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!
Sakurakawa no Katsushiro Sumiyori