Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Shunsen Natori Onnagata Kabuki Print


Another Shunsen natori print. 
This is an onnagata a male actor playing a female role described as a "stylish maid" tho female attendant might be a better translation since this is hardly clothing for house work.

The kimono and obi show two traditional japanese textile pattern techniques tie dyeing and ikat weaving.

An actual house or personal maid offstage would have probably wore even in a wealthy merchants or aristocrats  household  a plainer robe perhaps still ikat but less colors ?