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Wata-bōshi (綿帽子)

A headdress used in Kyōgen for the role of an old nun. The shape and dress are almost the same as Hana-bōshi, covering the entire head with only the eyes, nose and mouth exposed, and sewn under the chin with the hem covering the body from the shoulders to the chest. Made by stretching cotton, it was known as Wata-bōshi (cotton hat) and generally used for winter protection. From the mid-Edo period onward it was adopted as a form of bride’s headgear on her wedding day. In the late Edo period, silk also came to be used.

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