The Costume Museum Kyoto Japan Costume History in Japan
The Heian Period  
63 - Shirabyoshi dancer or a woman dance in male attire; with the eboshi cap and a sword.
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1 tate-eboshi
2 white suikan
3 kubikami no o
4 kikutoji
5 suikan no sode-gukuri no o
6 red hakama
7 hitoe
8 nishiki-zutsumi to-maki no tachi
9 kawahori ogi fan
10 sage-gami hair
11 takenaga
"Shirabyoshi" dancer is the dancing geisha of disguising as a man which started in around the end of Heian Era. Gioh, Gijo, Hotoke-gozen, Shizuka-gozen, etc. are historically famous "shirabyoshi" dancers. It is said that it came to be called so since they danced with the "imayo-uta (=modern and easy song)" in the "so-byoshi (=simple rhythm)." "Tate-eboshi" cap, "suikan" apron and "hitoe" red " hakama" are worn and a long sword in the case of "nishiki-zutsumi fuji-maki" is hung on the waist. In her hand, the dancer has a "kawahori" fan, of which sticks show on one side.