[Haori] (Kabuki costume) Target and arrow design on light green satin ground

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[Haori] (Kabuki costume) Target and arrow design on light green satin ground

Textiles / Edo

Edo period, 19th century

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An arrow-and-target design stands out against a lustrous green satin ground on this striking kabuki costume. Haori coats and kitsuke robes make a set. They are usually worn together as casual attire by actors playing warlords. The design is meant to be flamboyant enough to stand out on stage while also reflecting the character of the role played. The large arrow and target symbolizes the archery skills of the protagonist who wore this costume.

In contrast to Noh costumes with their repetitive woven designs, kabuki costumes are characterized by bold, embroidered motifs and large three-dimensional designs arranged freely across the garment surface.

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