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Noh Costume (Mizugoromo)

Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Plain-weave bast fiber, probably ramie
Dimensions:
Overall (with collar): 43 3/4 x 62 in. (111.1 x 157.5 cm) Overall (without collar): 41 3/4 x 62 in. (106 x 157.5 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.386
  • Description

    The mizugoromo (literally, "water garment") is a type of three-quarter-length overgarment made specifically for the Noh stage, where it is worn for many types of roles: male and female, old and young, priest and layman. This mizugoromo, strikingly modern in appearance, is made of an intentionally distressed plain-weave cloth, termed yore in Japanese. Yore, a very open textile with displaced wefts that are not perpendicular to the warps, gives a ragged or threadbare impression to the garment. For this reason, the yore mizugoromo is frequently worn for roles of suffering ghosts or the destitute.

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