Re: Question about 'Check' pattern kimonos

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Posted by Paul Griffith on September 01, 1999 at 11:11:14:

In Reply to: Question about 'Check' pattern kimonos posted by Julie on July 29, 1999 at 15:02:05:

Just to add some information to what was posted in the site mentioned by John Fiorillo, the design of small oblong checks known as "Benkei-goshi" is often worn by female Kabuki characters in the "evil woman", ("akuba"), category. This is a role type found among "sewamono plays" and it became particularly popular in the late 19th century. It portrays low-class women who were often guilty of illegal activities such as fraud and blackmail. Other visible characteristics would include a short coat usually worn by male characters, "hanten", and a distinctive hair style resembling a horse's tied-up tail, "uma-no-shippo mage".

: Can anyone give more information on the 'check' pattern kimonos (like a gingham check!) that are used in some prints? It seems an odd design for a kimono, yet I've noticed quite a few prints using it (often black/white, but I have seen red/white, and blue/white too). Was it a particular fashion at one time... if so does anyone know during which years? Were there specific artists who used this design? Thanks in advance for any information... by the way, this site is excellent!

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