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Shimai-bakama (仕舞袴)

Actors who perform Mai-bayashi (digest performances with music) or solo dances, as well as assistants and singers, generally wear the crest-adorned kimonoknown as montsuki with Japanese-style hakama trousers. Such Hakama are called Shimai-bakama. There are some slight differences in the shape for different schools, but they share a trouser-like structure with two legs, tailored for horse riding. Common designs to enhance the beauty of the dance include a wider and more prominent waist panel and ample folds. Shimai-bakama are often made of Sendai-hira silk, known as a high-quality hakama material.

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