Edo (=Rivergate) era (1603-1868) was the time of "Kosode"
(=short sleeves) Kimono, a kimono with short sleeves .
original form of the "kosode" kimono already existed in the
Nara era (710-794). It
was an underwear of upstream people to the last, and was a popular
working wear of ordinary people . After
the Sengoku period, the Age of Civil Wars (1467-1568), and the status of
"kosode" kimono was improved as the ordinary people came to
develop their power. The
"kosode" kimono became the dress of people's standard in the
Edo era. The
figure in the photo wears the "kosode" ,which was restored on
the basis of the article left from the Kanbun years in the first half of
the Edo era. The
"kosode" kimono is printed with large patterns of the "Hitta-kanoko-shibori"
variegation, which can be said that its time was just before the fashion
break of the Yuzen-zome dyeing, a method invented by Miyazaki Yuzen.
(The Yuzen-dyed kimono are Dyed goods peculiar to Japan which started
dyeing the pattern of the pictures style splendidly using many colors.)
pattern of "Yukimochi-zasa (=Bamboo grass with snow)" and "sakura
(=The flower of a cherry tree)" is drawn on the kimono in large
size of "kosode" kimono became the cutting on the basis of the
cloth of "Kujira 1 shaku" (=37.879cm) width, and it became the
form which was easy to wear. The
width of "obi" belt also became a little large.
style is "Shimada-mage" of "sekirei-tsuto (=wagtail hair)"
hair type which stretched thinly. The "Shimada-mage" is well
known as one of the hair type of a Japanese coiffure by today.