Costumes for Yamanba

The costume for the main role (shite) in the noh Yamanba has three main garments and several accessories. As an undergarment that shows only at the collar the actor wears a kimono-cut surihaku with stenciled gold- or silver-foil pattern. Over this he donns hangiri, or divided skirts with bold woven pattern. Over both he wears another kimono-cut garment, an atsuita (or atsuita-karaori) with woven patterns, as an over garment draped in tsuboori style.

 

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Shirogashira headpiece with shaggy hair

Yamanba mask

 

White surihaku seen at collar

Yamanba fan, closed and held to point down

Atsuita in tsuboori-style draping with design of flaming tomoe over "mountain path" horizontal zigzags

 

 

 

Koshiobi waist sash with design of tomoe rounds

 

 

 

Hangiri divided skirts with design of clouds and hexagons over a fence fret pattern

 

White tabi "split-toe socks"

When the actor selects a costume, he combines the patterns and colors. If he wants to emphasize Yamanba's relationship to nature, he is likely to pick more muted colors: greens and browns are common. If he feels Yamanba's supernatural power is more essential, he will probably choose larger, bolder patterns in contrasting colos. Usually, if he selects particularly dynamic hangiri divided skirts, he will complement them with a less dominating upper garment, or vice-versa.

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1. Atsuita: wheels over a woven-fence pattern; Hangiri: fire wheels on a basket-weave pattern 2. Atsuita: tomoe over linked circles; Hangiri: broken tortoiseshell over lattice 3. Atsuita: stylized flowers and submerged wheels over "scale" pattern; Hangiri: flaming tomoe over a basket-weave pattern  

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4. Atsuita: bamboo and circles over lightening pattern; Hangiri: seigaiha wave pattern

 

Write a paragraph on the costuming of each performance represented in the pictures and discuss what you think the impact of the costume is on the interpretation of the performance. For the black and white photographs, discuss the colors you would use.

 

 

 

 

 

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