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Ikimi-gozen by TimeStar Ikimi-gozen by TimeStar
Japanese: "Kosaki no Ikimi-gozen wa, kanojo jishin no kenri ni okeru chuugakkoo jugo'i no tsubone o teiji."

English: "Presenting Kosaki no Ikimi-gozen, a court lady of the junior fifth court rank in her own right."


Her clan name is "Kosaki" (子崎), which means "young coast" and her given name is "Ikimi" (気美), which means "spiritual beauty." Her status of junior fifth rank qualifies her as a “denjobito” – a courtier with palace access – and permits her to wear kurenai robes in her juni-hitoe ensembles. As one of the forbidden colors, Ikimi-gozen’s ability to wear kurenai (scarlet red) colored robes was a sign of high position within the Imperial court hierarchy.

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I was doing some research on Japanese historical fashion and I found this website about the Heian period of Japan. And this is what I learned! :D

This is the style of clothing that was worn by important ladies in the royal court (between the years 794 to 1192) and it's called "juni-hitoe" which means "twelve layers."

Basically, the ladies would all wear the same white underkimono and red baggy hakama pants but they would differentiate themselves from each other by wearing multiple layers of colored kimono over the basic outfit. During the summer the ladies could wear as little as 1 hitoe (outer kimono) and as many as 20 hitoe during the winter or on ceremonial occasions! The there were no real patterns on the hitoe since the idea was to have many layers and the focus was on the color combinations created through the layering process.

As it sometimes still applies when kimonos are worn in modern times, certain motifs and color schemes are considered appropriate for different times of the year and many (if not all of those season-appropriate customs) were developed and enforced during the Heian period. Using my birthday as a guide, I chose a juni-hitoe color scheme (called "Haji Momiji" or "Sumac Foliage") and drew up this! :D

Then it also inspired me to continue doing more research and draw up costumes for myself from different historical periods from lots of different countries! I call it my International Princess/Courtesan Collection! So there's more coming!

:D Just in case anyone finds it familiar, this the style of kimono that Inuyasha's mother is usually seen wearing. :D
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EmpressHimiko Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Student General Artist
What a beautiful juni-hito!
I am half-Japanese, and also drew one, it's on the "Asian Culture" page, and that is how I saw yours!
It's very pretty, I did not know women wore women wore Hakamas at that time!
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TimeStar Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^_^ It's so nice to see someone who can appreciate historical fashion.
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EmpressHimiko Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student General Artist
:3
Good to know I am not alone!
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SuperGrouper Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
Finally, someone who knows about Kasane no Irome color schemes for junihitoe! TT_TT I love the fact that you referenced the colors!
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TimeStar Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you soo much for reading the artist's comments! And I'm glad to have made your day, or your hour, morely likely. ^_^
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SuperGrouper Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
Day. I'm a junihitoe fan, but half of the kimono lovers online don't even know what a junihitoe is. ^^; I :heart: them, though.
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TimeStar Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a shame, isn't it? Those people have no idea what they're missing. ^_^
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SongMelody23 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Student
wow thats alot of layer i wonder if they get hot and tired of carrying that around
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TimeStar Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GASP! Thank you soo much for actually reading the artist's comments! ^_^ I was honestly convinced that no one except me ever reads that stuff.

Anyway, I'm sure they did, which is why court ladies really didn't very much to do in the first place. Lower class women hardly, if ever, wore this style of kimono.
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SongMelody23 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Student
wow ok ^_^
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