colors for sengoku jidai garb
We are trying to expand my rather meager garb selection, and my lady
asked me if there were colors that had specific significance. I,
unfortunately, was not able to completely answer her question. I was
only able to think of orange being the color of Buddhist monks, but was
unable to think of any beyond that.
I was wondering if the skilled scholars on this list could help us with
the answer to this question.
- I would generally say that bright is good.
Orange is not necessarily Buddhist monks. You see black, white,
yellow--all sorts of colors depending on what branch of Buddhism, how
wealthy they are (how pious they are ;) ), etc.
A certain type of purple was only for the Emperor, IIRC. All white seems
to generally be seen on servants, priests, etc. but I can't think of a
person of any rank wearing just white in the Sengoku period.
Wild and crazy! Pinks, blues, reds, yellows, and in bright colors are
On the other hand, there are some colors that have significance, but it is
usually in conjunction with other things.
Death is often associated with white (although I wouldn't say it is
necesarily vice versa--that is, white is not stigmatized by the
association). Red and white seems to be an auspicious combination of
colors for many things. Heian court garments have regulated colors but
that is only for particular outfits. Various color combinations have
meaning in Heian Japan but I've seen no evidence that they held much
weight among the members of the Sengoku buke.
Being Japan, I would imagine every shade of color has a meaning somewhere,
but that could take a lifetime of study in and of itself.
On Wed, 27 Aug 2003, Justin P Barney wrote:
> We are trying to expand my rather meager garb selection, and my lady
> asked me if there were colors that had specific significance. I,
> unfortunately, was not able to completely answer her question. I was
> only able to think of orange being the color of Buddhist monks, but was
> unable to think of any beyond that.
> I was wondering if the skilled scholars on this list could help us with
> the answer to this question.
> -Ozumi Takezou
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