Questions about 1500-1600 clothing
- Good evening!
I have a few questions about Japanese costume. I hope you can provide some help.
I will be attending an event this summer and I need clothes somewhere
between 1500-1600. I will probably be working in the kitchen, so
flowing garments are not a good idea. I am looking at costumes for
peasants, sellers and servants on the Kyoto Costume Museum.
I have summed up my questions below, but if you want to read the whole
thing, you can find it here:
I particularly like these two, even if they're earlier than the period
I'm aiming for:
Ohara-me or peasant woman of Ohara village selling firewood in Kyoto,
from this address http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/fukusyoku/busou/24.htm.
Katsura-me or peasant woman of Katsura village selling food in Kyoto,
from this address http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/fukusyoku/busou/25.htm.
How are the tekko (arm protectors) and habaki/kyahan (leg protectors)
made? Are they the same as the modern martial arts version? Do they
serve a purpose other than protection (in other words, would it be
indecent to go without)? I keep reading that habaki/kyahan should be
worn over tabi, but the second costume above doesn't seem to be
wearing any; and white tabi with waraji in the dust and mud doesn't
For this kind of clothing, what fabric width would be used, given that
they would likely not be made of the silk higher classes used? Would
it be the 16-17 inch wide fabric standard for the period?
Also, if I were to make a longer kosode, were they made ankle length
in the period or were they always poofed up over the obi?
When painting designs such as
http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/fukusyoku/kosode/3.htm (this one is early
Edo), the designs seem to continue onto the collar and over the seams.
Are they painted/printed before (and calculated very carfeully!) or
after the garment is assembled?
Last question: how good or bad are the costumes in Shogun? They're
beautiful, but are they reliable?
Thank you for your help,
P.S. I have already read the very useful Wodeford Hall article about
making kosode and fabric painting :-) Thank you for writing it.
- On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 1:47 AM, Erin Kelly <tupan4@...> wrote:
> Does anyone here know how old/applicable these expressions (learned viaThey all strike me as modern, and yet I wouldn't worry about that for
> modern Japanese pop culture) might be?
> - Yosh! (motivating exclamation before attempting something physical or
> - Yu-issho! (I think this is to motivate people working together, but I
> might be mis-hearing it.)
> - Ganbatte! (go for it/ do your best)
> - Yatta! (I did it)
purposes of the SCA; it will still add flavor to your persona. The
words are not necessarily modern, I just don't know about the