I'm gearing up to make a Nara-period outfit, and came across these
shoes from the Shoso-in. I'm no great leatherworker, but I can
actually see how the basic design goes together here, and am tempted
to try it (the women's shoes are similar in design, from what I've
seen in Tang Chinese images and Nara period reproductions).
Has anyone tried a similar footwear project? I'm thinking of
Ogami-dono's and Saiaiko-hime's kegutsu, but the project pages are
sadly unavailable at the moment...
(Also check out Shomu's bed at
http://homepage3.nifty.com/asunara/bedstead.htm. This would not be a
difficult Pennsic project!)
- Abe Akirakeiko