The Costume Museum Kyoto Japan Costume History in Japan
The Era of Ancient Burial Mounds
The Era of Ancient Tomb Culture
 
8 - Ancient Prietess Wearing a Sash
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1 Earrings
2 Necklace with Gems
3 Sash
4 Cloth
5 Chest Ribbon for Cloth
6 Shizuri Belt
7 Mo (pleated skirt)
The costumes of this era are deduced from the descriptions of Kojiki and Nihonshoki, and examination of clay figures found in remains. This woman wears a jacket with the right side under the left over Mo with stripes. The jacket is tied up with the top and bottom strings. She also wears a wide Tasuki (sash) with triangle patterns and paints her face with red clay which creates peculiar impression. The Tasuki, a trace of the older civilization, makes us imagine that the woman was a shaman serving God. A sash called Myoe has been handed down generation to generation and it is now used in religious rituals at the Grand Shrines of Ise.