> Now I need to know two things: what kind of cord is used
> to tie it on under the chin, and how is that cord arranged?
I really need to take some pictures of this, but I didn't want
to wait much longer to reply.
I recommend using braided cotton cord for this as it is soft,
absorbent, affordable, and washable. You'll need about seven
feet total, in four pieces. Most of the cord can be fairly
thin, but the part at the chin should be as thick and soft as
possible, for your comfort.
The best method I've seen was taught to me by Sir Ogami Akira,
and is adapted from the bindings seen on kabuto helmets. It is
very secure. When tightly tied, even strong wind is more likely
to shift your head than to shift the kasa.
This method is for kasa that have a tall basket-style atamadai
that I am told is Okinawan. Bokunan-Do refers to this as a
"mount type atamadai ring".
If yours has a flat ring with loops, you can skip the steps
below on making the ear loops from cord.
1. Cut two pieces of cord.
2. Put the kasa on your head, and find the spots on the atamadai
that are about an inch forward of your years. Mark the spots.
3. Tie one cord to each of those spots.
4. Put the kasa back on your head, and find the spots on the
atamadai that are about an inch aft of your ears.
5. Loop the cords on each side up to that spot so that the loops
hang down just below your ears. Mark the spots on the atamadai
and on the cords.
6. Tie the cords to the spots atamadai so that you will now have
one loop on either side of your head that hangs down to just
below your ears. You can trim off any extra cord.
7. Put the kasa back on your head, and find the spots on these
loops that are "at the back" of your head. The exact placement
will vary depending on your head shape. Mark those spots, and
measure the approximate distance between them.
8. Tie some cord between those spots, leaving the correct distance
between them. Tie this cord so that it will stay in place, but
can be adjusted up or down if necessary.
9. Put the kasa back on your head, with the new piece at the back
of your head and adjust it. Now, take the last piece of cord,
pass it through one loop, beneath your chin, and through the
other loop. take the two loose ends and knot them together in
a bow at the front of your chin, which makes a loop around the
point of your chin.
I'll try to take some pictures soon, which will clarify a lot. I
need to attach cords to a new sandogasa myself.
> And how is the veil attached to the edge so an honorable
> lady might travel without being besieged by the sun?
I've never done this, so I don't know the best way. The kasa
alone is normally enough to shield your eyes and face from the
sun. I think the veil is for the lady's privacy.
The Hon. Lord Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie
(mka: Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans)