Noh theatre

13 FEB – clothing

Arture team take you to theatre today with Noh Costume. Clothes for traditional Japanese theatre also called Noh Theatre. It is a theatre codified in 15th century. It combines music, dance and drama. In the Noh Theatre, actors are dressed in costumes, wear masks and have different props such as fans.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT NOH THEATRE COSTUME

Plays performed are lyrical dramas, costumes are very codified as are gestures, or lyrics that seem to sing. In the Noh Theatre, actors are not alone : a choir and an orchestra are present.

Actors are dressed in costumes inspired by nobles’ ceremonial clothing.

Noh costumes are made of noble materials such as silk. In addition, costumes can be thick and heavy to reinforce idea of wealth, this is also transmitted by gold and silver ornaments  woven into costume.  

Osode (wide sleeve kimono) and Kosode (short sleeve kimono) are among main costumes used, exist also Hakama (wide pants).

Each element of noh costume is codified (shape, colour, pattern) in order to allow actor to play his role.

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“The costumes of the Noh Theatre bear witness to a very established theatrical art. The different costumes are of great visual beauty. They can only arouse the interest of those who contemplate them. It is an important testimony to traditional costumes of past centuries”

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GO FURTHER

If you liked costumes of Noh theatre you will appreciate work of Kubo Shunman. Japanese artist of the Edo era who created prints representing daily life and portraits of young women. 

WHAT’S NEXT

The next clothing collection will focus on corsets in the 19th century. It is a very important element of the wardrobe, which is becoming more common in both Europe and the United States. 

 

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