Important Cultural PropertyNuihaku (Nō costume)—design of grass and flower patterns on shoulders and bottom on white fabric

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  • 1 suit
  • L 100.8 yuki 51.5
  • Azuchi-Momoyama period/16th century
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • I-3246

White silk-warp fabric and white silk are used for the outer material and lining cloth, respectively, and made into a lined kimono. It was used as a costume for child's role players in Nô plays; it is of small size, but there are no traces of mending. The width of the sleeves is narrow compared to the width of the kimono, which means that the length from the center seam of the back to the cuff of each sleeve is short, and the skirt is also short; it represents the characteristics of the early kimonos with short sleeves well.
For the outer cloth, sections shaped like fog are placed on the shoulders and bottom, where patterns of plants are embroidered. Gold and silver gilt is applied to the areas in between. For embroidering, holding stitches and backstitches are used together with whip stitches, and two-color twine (yarn made of two or more threads in different colors twisted together) is used in some parts. To express leaves of ditch reed, crimson maple leaves and cherry flowers, the color of the thread is changed in the middle, which is characteristic of the embroidering techniques in the Momoyama period.