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The 1-2-3s of Japanese — a how-to guide for beginners

A look at Historical Japanese costume aimed for beginners.

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Dyeing with Safflower

Kass shares her adventures dyeing with Safflower.

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Contemporary Sources of Use to the Japanese Reenactor

Contemporary sources that are useful to Japanese Reenactors.

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Dos and Don’ts of Japanese Historic Dress

What to wear in Pre-17th century Japan.

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An Annotated Bibliography of Japanese Costume Books

This article contains a list of books, with descriptions, of Japanese costume interest.

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A Brief History of Japanese Clothing

This article provides a brief overview of Japanese clothing from ancient times until the beginning of the "modern" Tokugawa period in the 17th century.

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Japanese Dyestuffs

What dyes did they use in historic Japan? Read on..

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Then and Now — Common Mistakes in Japanese Historical Clothing

This article is very useful to the student of Japanese historical clothing. It points out the differences between modern garments and their historical counterparts which may have had the same name.

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Pattern History

Patterns have only been commercially available since the late 19th century when companies began to produce patterns intended for homemaker use. But the history of patterns stretches far back through the centuries. As apprentices, tailors learned how to take a customer's measurements and draft the pieces that would make up the clothing to be constructed. The patterns a tailor made during his apprenticeship would often stay with him throughout his entire career. Needless to say, patterns were closely-guarded commodities and were not shared for fear of losing business.

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