On Thu, 26 Jun 2003, Brian Dean wrote:
> Hmm, i am in nearly the same league as you but i do know some things, and
> thanks to some of the books that Mr Bryant has published, it has expanded my
> knowledge. For the kataginu, late muramachi period, i have seen pictures,
> and a wonderful kurosawa flick, (kagamusha) that shows that some kataginu is
> being used as a semi formal dress(it is not the later "winged" variety
> though). Of what i have read though in my lpersonal library, the Hitatare
> is for a higher station, somebody please correct me if i am wrong
To the best of my knowledge you are correct for late period Japan.
However, in the Heian period it is rather a lower class garment (as the
provincial warriors rose in power and prominence they kept their wardrobe
and fashion and basically made it out of fancier material).