The most formal court attire is the sokutai for men and the itsutsuginu-karaginu-mo (commonly referred to as the jūnihitoe) for women; both are tailored from woven silk. The costume outfits are composed of numerous layers worn one over the other. It takes quite a bit of knowledge and experience to dress a person: for the jūnihitoe each layer is temporarily belted in place until the next layer is carefully draped over it.


  • Title: Donning the Costume, Heian Period Costumes
  • Location: Saitosenshoten
  • Subject Keywords: Heian Period Costumes, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Rights: © Saitosenshoten, Photo: © Uesugi Haruka
  • External Link: Saitosenshoten

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