Friday, September 13, 2013

Kasane no Irome (Heian Colour Combinations), Part 2

I've been dipping back into research on Heian era stuffs, and I thought it was high time to update the list of kasane that have visual matches online. I always like to see an outfit in living colour, it seems to make it stick in my mind much more than just reading a list of colours and their corresponding seasons. I've always been big on visual aides, though, it just seems to help me retain information better. 

Don't neglect to visit Part 1, which has more kasane no irome examples, and some notes on colour names, forbidden colours, and other kasane resources,
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Ao Momiji (green maple) (10th lunar month to go-sekku)

Ao momiji
(green maple)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu








Haji Momiji (sumac maples)(10th lunar month to go-sekku)


Haji momiji
(sumac foliage)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu










 Hanada-iro no Nioi (lightening indigo color)(unknown)

I'm a little on the fence with this one. I've seen it a couple of times scattered around the web, and, if I remember correctly, it was in the Kyoto Textile Museum's Genji exhibit, but there doesn't seem to be any documentation backing it up as a historical kasane. It may be that this is a modern invention, since blue is pretty much unheard of in Heian garments. Still, I'm including it because it's darn pretty.

Hanada-iro no nioi
(scent of light-indigo color)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu








Iroiro (varied colours)(from go-sekku to spring)

Iroiro
(varied colors)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu











Kôbai no nioi (lightening red plum)(year-round for celebrations & festivals)

Kôbai no nioi
(lightening red maple)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu







 (I think it goes without saying that that is one FABULOUS uwagi)


Kurenai Momiji (scarlet maple)(10th lunar month to go-sekku) 

Kurenai momiji
(scarlet maple)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu








Kurenai no usuyou (paling scarlet)(5th-6th lunar month, 1st-15th days of the 8th month, and for celebrations & festivals)

Kurenai no usuyô
(paling scarlet)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu








Matsu Gasane (layered pine)(festivals & celebrations)


Matsu-gasane(layered pine)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu









Moegi no nioi (lightening sprout-green)(celebrations & festivals)


Moegi no nioi
(lightening green)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu











Mojiri no momiji (mixed maples)(10th lunar month through go-sekku)


Mojiri no momiji\(mixed maples)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu








Yamabuki no nioi (lightening globeflower)(go-sekku through spring)

Yamabuki no nioi 
(lightening globeflower)
Hitoe
Itsutsu-ginu








Futatsu iro (colours 2 by 2)(go-sekku through spring)

Futatsu iro (two colors)
Hitoe
Itsutsu”-ginu









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As always, the hunt continues for more photo examples of kasane no irome. Most of these new example matchups are thanks to the Kasane no Irome board on Pinterest, which has a nice collection of Heian court garb images.

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