166[SCA-JML] Re: karaginu, other pretty toys
- Jan 18, 2000Mind if I jump in here, Effy-chan?
If I may help to answer your questions about the kariginu...
> You probably don't need a kariginu. For samurai, that's the *most*formal
> of formal wear, literally worn at court where royalty is around. Inkeeping
> with Japanese esthetics, I wouldn't recommend a kariginu for anyonewho's
> not a brass hat of some sort, and principality/kingdom officer, or apeer.
>This raises a few other questions in turn. First, if I were to
> Midrank's formal would be a hitatare/daimon (late period) or a suikan
> (earlier period).
make an appearance in a royal court, for instance, would a kariginu be
a good thing or a bad thing? (By "appearance", I mean that I was
actually asked to participate, either to recieve an award or to be part
of the royal groupies.) In some of the notes in my book about the
Tokugawa museum, it notes that in the Edo peiod, hitatare and
naga-kamishimo were considered formal wear for the low and midrank
samurai, while the kariginu was essentially only for those holding rank
in the imperial court. Obviously, a naga-kamishimo is right out of the
question. But, on the other hand, I seem to recall that hitatare was
considered sort of a day-to-day item of clothing for mid-high level
>>>>If I were you, I would have a kariginu to wear for appearances in court. I
just made one for my Master for him to wear when he attends Their Majesties.
Of course it matters what period you are protraying and what rank you hold.
>>>>Second, this particular book states quite plainly that certain
colors, weaves, cuts of fabric, paterns, garments, etc. ad naseum, were
reserved for certain ranks. Did this hold true in the Azouchi
(spelling?) and Momoyama periods as well?
>>>>Every period had it's own sumptuary laws, including Azuchi and Momoyama. I
am at a loss, however, to tell you exactly what they are.
Fujiwara no Aoi
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