Post by Imagawa Tomoe on Jun 20, 2014 12:00:34 GMT -5
I am of the Imagawa family, known as Tomoe, and I hail from Drachenwald. I'm pretty new to the boards and have only been lurking up to this point. There's a question that's been eating me alive, and I hope someone here can save me. I've begun my first sewing project, which is a heian era informal court outfit, with some slight SCA tweaks (such as keeping the nagabakama the length of hakama, so I don't have to worry about destroying my fabric by walking all over it outdoors). The nagabakama are nearly finished, with the exception of couching those little hourglass-shaped symbols to the two ends of the ties. Before I do that, however, I want to know exactly what those things are and what they mean. I see them everywhere on photos of extant garb pieces and recreations, and I have no idea why they're there!
If any of you could help me, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for your time.
It is a thicker cord (i.e. not just thread) that you find holding the koshi-himo onto the body of the hakama. It is typically in pairs--one S-twist and one Z-twist, so that you get a nice feather pattern. At the ends, I think that it helps to stabilize the large himo ends, and it looks good (white against red). It also, I suspect, was done to add a bit of extra weight on the ends.
If Ii-dono is reading this, can you have a look at the Nuikata book and see if it has any descriptive information?
I was looking at it and I don't really know for certain why it is there at the very ends. If anyone really wants to be adventurous, I would recommend sewing two of them together and see what difference it does or does not make!
Post by Imagawa Tomoe on Jun 21, 2014 6:09:00 GMT -5
Ii-san, do you happen to know how these cords were made, or perhaps the construction techniques for couching the cord into the belt? These pictures are great, and show me what I need to do next time I make these nagabakama (or just rip the seams out and fix the ones I have).