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Shirotare (白垂)

One type of wig worn by the performers, the Shirotare is a Tare, or type of wig, made of white hair. The Tare is made by weaving perfectly straight white horse hairs on a ring around 10cm in diameter, and the ring part is worn placed on the top of the head. The hair stretches almost to the shoulder, but no hairs are placed on the part covering the face. As the very middle of the ring on top of the head appears open when the Tare is worn, some type of Eboshi is always worn. In Noh, the Shirotare is worn by atoshite playing roles of older characters such as aged warriors in plays such as Yugyoyanagi and Sanemori. In kyōgen it is only rarely worn, but is used for older roles such as the Shite in Tokoro. Unorthodox uses of the Shirotare include its use as the hairs of the hossu (a short staff of wood or bamboo) held by the high priest in Sesshōseki, and attached to the end of a bamboo cane to represent a horse. There are also black Tare, used for young deities and warriors.

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