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Edo Hairstyles

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A few studies of Edo hair fashion.

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NOTES from Kimono by Liza Dalby:

“In the sixteenth century, the nobility ceased to be the sole source of fashion inspiration. Playgirls (asobime) – multitalented, trendy ladies who led rather public lives (sometimes glossed as ‘courtesans’) – wore their kosode belted with long tasseled silk cords. The cords, called Nogoya obi, were woven according to a style then popular in China, roped about the hips six or seven times, and tied in a looping bow.” (Dalby 37)

“Playgirls also did their hair into Chinese chignons, initiating a fashion for women to put up their hair. In previous ages, men had been the ones to oil and arrange their tresses. Women had favored long straight locks, or perhaps a simple ponytail.” (Dalby 37)

“Late Edo fashion for women was undeniably restrictive. […] Hairstyles for women had developed into the elaborate comb-studded coiffures familiar from woodblock prints. With such a coiled oiled structure on her head, a woman couldn’t even sleep freely. Finally, the practice of applying lead- and mercury-based whitening cosmetics, originally a custom limited to the noblility, had now spread into common popularity. By the nineteenth century, being fashionable was truly hazardous to a Japanese woman’s health.” (Dalby 50)

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TortiveHobbyist General Artist
Do you have anything on Edo hairstyles for men? I looked it up, but I keep finding the SAME one!
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LetaDarnellHobbyist Digital Artist
How'd they get their hair to stay in those shapes?
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Koa-chan2103Hobbyist
They put some wigs and frame sets to make their hair on both side much more bigger. 
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LetaDarnellHobbyist Digital Artist
That makes a lot more sense now (I was told it was just folding the hair)
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KlusteHobbyist Traditional Artist
Excuse me, what is the name of 1808's hairstyle?
I thought that 1808 was for young onnagata actors
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KittyCatKissuProfessional Digital Artist
I thought only courtesans(oiran) wore the 1796 style??
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RavenHeart1984Professional Traditional Artist
good job
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I just want to mention that Sinospheric fashion always went from left to right. The attire in 1780-1800 went from right to left. And some of the clothing shown here has the inner clothes going right to left as well. This was to be for dead people only. I hope you can fix that in the future.
YensidTim's avatar
Amazing work! I hope you can do one that includes all major Japanese eras, from Yayoi to modern, if possible.
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Wow - they are historicly acurate?
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sophgophHobbyist Traditional Artist
Japanese:  How many things can we shove in our hair without breaking our necks?  Let's find out.
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bloodyash24Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ngl, they lost me during the 1790's.
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Pan-MidoriStudent Traditional Artist
I love the concept !! I prefer the 1765 hairstyle ^^
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really cool! this is not just beautiful, but an amazing reference, too!
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Lugia20711Hobbyist Writer
The 1690 hairstyle is my favorite.
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AlexandraAlexStudent Filmographer
ladies rock hard on hairstyles! XD
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