Noh costume (mizugoromo), 19th century
Plain–weave bast fiber; Overall 43 3/4 x 62 in. (111.1 x 157.5 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2002 (2002.386)
The mizugoromo (literally, "water garment") is a type of three-quarter-length overgarment made specifically for the Noh stage, where it is worn for many types of roles: male and female, old and young, priest and layman. This mizugoromo, strikingly modern in appearance, is made of an intentionally distressed plain-weave cloth, termed yore in Japanese, which has a very open weave with displaced wefts that are not perpendicular to the warps. Mizugoromo jackets made of yore are frequently worn for the roles of the elderly, the poor, and the distressed.