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Noh: The Lady Aoi
From: Old Noh and Kyogen Illustrations from the Early Edo Era
Noh: The Lady Aoi

In the world of Noh, costumes (isho) are known as shozoku. The costumes of Noh express in a visual way the spirit and substance of a Noh play. Styled after the sumptuous robes given to actors by noblemen and samurai in the Muromachi period, they developed as costumes for performances in the Edo (Tokugawa) period, after Noh had become an official form of entertainment. Woven mainly of silk, many costumes are made of very thick material, and they are made in many determined patterns and colors, often having various designs\all of which combine to create a type of elegant, luxurious beauty. The costumes are thus very closely related to the interpretation, acting, and producing of a role. Thus, the costumes in Noh are second only to the masks in importance.

Outer robes
(Broad-sleeved): noshi; kariginu; happi; sobatsugi; choken; mai-ginu; mizu-goromo; hitatare; suo; etc.
(Small-sleeved): karaori; atsuita; etc. (These are also used as inner robes.)

Main robes (inner robes): nuihaku; surihaku; noshime; shironeri; shiroaya; etc.

Trousers (hakama): okuchi; hangire; sashi-nuki; naga-bakama; etc.

Wigs: katsura; jo-gami, kuro-gashira; aka-gashira; shiro-gashira; kuro-tare; shiro-tare; etc.

Other: eri (neck piece); kazura obi; koshi obi; shiro-tabi (white socks)

Outer Robes (Karaori)
Outer RobesiChokenj/Main Robes (Atsuita)
Main Robes (NuihakuESurihakuj
Trousers (Hakama)
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