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  • Japanese: 腰巻 (koshimaki)

The koshimaki was a type of garment often worn by samurai women in certain ceremonial contexts in the Edo period.

It was worn over a lighter ramie robe which was tied with a special type of belt (or obi) which was fitted with stiff paper tubes, which stuck out horizontally behind the wearer. The koshimaki outerrobe was then worn over these tubes, which held it up creating a rectangular or wing-like effect behind the wearer.


  • Gallery label, LACMA.[1]