In the early stages of the Heian Period, still the assimilation
of Tang's culture lasted, but Japanese envoi to the Tang Dynaty
was abolished in the nine century, after that the tendency of country
weathering gets strong graduatlly. The clothes in this age yielded
a peculiar Japanese thing by the court nobles who like refinement.
That representative were the sokutai for man which was court noble's
full-dress and a nyoubou-shouzoku for woman.
A nyoubou-shouzoku was “Hareno-yosooi” for gentlewomen who served
in the Imperial court, which is known with the name of “Juunihitoe”.
The name of a junihitoe was said in the future, and about twenty
sheets of uchiki's have been piled up. When they wore a full-dress,
the number of a uchiki was increased. It seems that this was to
show off their dignty, the power and wealth.
A nyouboushouzoku consists of a karaginu, a mo, an uchiki, a hitoe.
In the bottom most, they wore a white kosode as a underwear. A hakama
was long to hide their legs, and was divided in 2 types by their
There were a sokutai as full-dress, a ikan which were informality,
a noushi, a kariginu, and a suikan as an usual clothes for man.
A nyoubou of court noble's hareno-yosooi
A man wearing a kariginu
A court noble wearing a sokutai
A court noble wearing a noushi
A commoner's woman
A commner's man wearing a hitatare