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Dōgi (胴着)

A padded underwear worn between costumes and cotton undershirts. Most dōgi are lined kimono made of smooth silk (sometimes linen-lined). They can be used to reshape the actor’s body and also absorb sweat to avoid damage to costumes. The amount of cotton varies with the actor; some even layer sleeveless padded shirts for extra thickness. A dōgi is accompanied by a piece of cloth around the collar, which is wide and colour-coded according to the role. Accessories for dōgi include dō-obi (a thin belt made of smooth silk or silk crepe), munagomi (a piece of quilt for reshaping the chest and belly), and patchi (a pair of underpants covering from the waist to the ankles).

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