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“Strolling in the Heian Period” Scarf

From Hermes, Fall 2009

Supposedly this scarf was inspired by Heian-era art, which would be exciting, but I don’t entirely see it. The colors are very bright for an era known for introspection and melancholy, and not similar to what one would see in a Genji print. Anyone see any distinctly Heian symbols? Other than the addition of black lacquer hats on men engaging in decidedly un-Heian athletic activity, I’m at a loss.

Additionally, Fuji-san is depicted in the top left corner, but Heian aristocrats lived nearly exclusively (unless essentially banished to the outer provinces by a post as a provincial governor) Heian Kyo, which is not near Fuji-san. Mt. Hiei is frequently mentioned in Heian literature, but it does not have that same distinctive, perfectly symmetrical look.

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Dress Only in Layers of Robes

Ah, comfort. Is there anything better than lounging around in one’s home, dressed in a robe? If there is, the Heian people surely did not find it, for the women generally dressed in several layers of silk robes at a time, the more the better! However, should you have chosen to wear the wrong color robe to the wrong event, well…..one need not elaborate. I’ll save the three page diatribe for my diary, or Nikki, where it properly belongs.

Try to emulate these masters of comfort and style. Go out in nothing but robes. Better yet, lounge around your house all day in your favorite robe. Don’t wash it. You have more important things to do, like sitting around in the robe. If anyone tries to call you out on it, tell them that you don’t have several wives of uncertain status to to clean the robe. They’ll immediately regret having pointed out your lower rank, and will feel deep, lingering shame.

And you can get back to that robe.

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