Travelling Outfit

In September of 2020 I suffered a profound loss. To manage my grief I threw myself, heart and soul, into this project.

My travelling outfit is modeled after the one found in the Kyoto Costume Museum. The project was initially conceived to meet the requirements for the Calontir Clothing Challenge and was revised slightly to meet the requirements for the East Kingdom’s Crown’s Arts and Sciences Championship. I won my division in the Calontir Clothing Challenge, placed as a Finalist at A&S Champs and was selected Consort’s Champion by His Majesty Alberic.

My documentation can be found here. I also kept a daily blog of my progress to mimic the diaries of Heian noblewomen, which you can find on this webpage. Stitching began on October 1, 2020, and the project was completed on January 10, 2021.

The project consists of a white kosode, a green hitoe, a brocade uwagi (lined) and a hat with veil panels and woven cords. Everything was hand sewn and is made of silk with the exclusion of the brocade which is synthetic. The silk cords were woven on a marudai.

I learned a tremendous amount while creating this ensemble, and have begun the process of revising it to come in line with my current understanding of the research.

A woman wearing a Heian travelling outfit, the veil panels on the large hat spread wide to reveal her face and clothing.
A woman with Heian make up (white face and small red lips) wearing a white silk kosode.
Kosode
A woman in Heian make up (white face and small red lips) wearing a hitoe, belted up at the waist, with one arm outstretched to display the large sleeves.
Hitoe
A woman in Heian make up (white face with small red lips) wearing a brocade uwagi over kosode and hitoe The longer green hitoe sleeves show vividly against the gold brocade of the uwagi
Uwagi
a woman in Heian make up (white face with small red lips) wearing a travelling outfit of several robes and a large, veiled hat with decorative cords
Hat with complete ensemble

More images can be found here.