The Costume Museum Kyoto Japan Costume History in Japan
The Edo Period  
130 - Commoner in kamiko haori (=paper coat)
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1 Futatsuori-no-mage
2 kamiko-no-haori
3 haori-no-himo
4 obi
5 kosode
6 tabi
7 ohgi
When the Edo period came, the life of common people improved much more than before; the people who were engaged in industry or business were called "choh-nin (=townspeople)". The townspeople's full dress was the "kata-ginu (=shoulder clothes)" and the "han-bakama (=half-hakama), i.e., "kamishimo (=top and bottom)" style. Townspeople's full dress was the "montsuki-haori-hakama", a crested kimono-jacket and a "hakama" trousers. The informality of the full dress of townspeople was that it is to pile up a "haori" jacket on a "kosode", a kimono with short sleeves. The "kamiko (=The child of paper)" was the soft rubbed paper to which silk and cloth were attached on the reverse side; the keeping-warm nature of that was excellent. The poor person also wore "kamiko" kimono. Those who were economically generous might have worn "kamiko" kimono of which design was elaborated. Those who were called "fashionable person" wore "kamiko" kimono of which materials were the paper with precious pictures or writings. Furthermore, "kisho-mon" documents of prostitutes were collected to make "kamiko" kimono, and the talk that they made a boast of is still told today. That type of story is probably a fiction. It could be considered as an appropriate story for that time.