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A Meiji Era Book of Women’s Domestic Manners and Customs

Written on March 26, 2011

A few days ago I wrote a post which featured a resist dyed hemp furoshiki that showed a large and flamboyant image of noshi, a ceremonial and auspicious motif that is meant to convey wishes of good fortune.
Today I am showing a book printed in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) which illustrates customs, manners and habits of the Japanese woman of that era, and the one previous.  Notice the lady pictured above, on right, is wearing a kimono which is decorated by a large, noshi image.

Hair dressing and weaving, seen above and below.

Hairstyles–always very important, not just for the sake of fashion, but also as cultural signifiers.

The pages shown here a just a sampling of the many diverse subjects which are included in the book, but certainly this brief thumbing through the book gives you a sense of the whole.It’s always so interesting to enjoy immediate yet indirect contact with the traditional past which books like these afford.


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  1. Comment by jean:

    fabulous book, what a wonderful find

    March 26, 2011 @ 3:26 pm