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Motoyui (元結)

A thin cord used to tie up the roots of the hair in a bun. It is made by twisting Japanese paper tightly into koyori (twisted-paper string) and applying some glue. Shiro-motoyui (white) is the standard, but kuro-motoyui (black) is sometimes used to make it less conspicuous. A hemp cord is used to tie the wig hair of older men, and this is sometimes called jo-motoyui. The ornaments made by folding Japanese paper and attaching it to the area where it is tied up are called hira-motoyui or hane-motoyui. It is sometimes used for kata-age, for tucking in the wide sleeves of costumes, such as Mizugoromo (water robes).

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