"motsuke" robe in the photograph is everday wear of the priest
in the Heian Era. It
is black in color, body length, " tarikubi (=V-neck)" and "
susotsuki (=with skirt) " . You
should call it the original style of "ho (=upper garment)" of
the Imperial Court rather than the simplified style of "ho" by
adapting the "tarikubi." It
is also called "utsu-ho (=nothing ho)," which means
non-class-ranking and non-official-title. It
can be said that the name, "motsuke," derived from its form.
(=simple silk) is the textile of white silk originally which ceremonized
form of "motsuke", and was confused with "motsuke"
in later days. ("Soken"
is the silk cloth woven with the raw silk which is not kneaded. It has
no signs of textiles created by weaving.) The
early-13th-centrury statue of Kuya, a Buddhist monk, which is preserved
at Rokuharamitsuji, a temple of Shingon sect of Buddhism in Kyoto, is in
the "motsuke" style wearing a rolled surplice.
is hung from the shoulder and the statue has a "shumoku (=stick)"
in the right hand and has the cane which a deer's horn attached to the
head in the left hand. The
statue of Kuya was instructive for making the figure in the photograph.