Re: Mourning clothing...
> In _Genji_ (Seidensticker's translation any way), the kugeall wear
> shades of gray when in mourning. There's obviously variationsaccording
> to the text, but I didn't read it closely enough to see if I couldGood catch, Yumitori-dono. The people in mourning wear shades of
> figure out a pattern to the system.
grey dependent upon their rank and their hierarchical proximity to
the deceased. For example, the Emperor never wears black because he
is too high ranking. But the deceased closest relations do (unless
they outrank her like Genji did Murasaki, if I remember correctly).
I do believe some nobles actually wear black.
As the period of mourning expires, everyone wears lighter and lighter
shades until they are back to normal.
Fujiwara no Aoi