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Oiran, Kamuro Kuren and Kikuno

Chōbunsai Eishi
ca. 1790s

As she walks around the Yoshiwara, an Oiran (top-ranking courtesan) wearing an uchikake (overkimono) decorated with plovers is accompanied by two kamuro attendants and a shinzou (trainee courtesan). Shinzou dressed as full courtesans, but without the fancy uchikake and in a plainer style. They changed their clothing according to the current fashion. Long-sleeved kimonos with tassel loops at the cuffs and flowery hair ornaments were typical Kamuro attire. You may find that there are often similar motifs on their kimono as those on the Oiran to which they are attending.

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