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Tsuyuhimo (露紐)

Cords under the sleeves of a wide-sleeved costume. There is a cord to tie the sleeve in each cuff of Kariginu. The excess hanging below the cuffs after tying both sleeves is called Tsuyu (dew) or tsuyusaki (dewpoint), and the strings to tie the sleeves are sometimes called Tsuyuhimo (dew strings). There is no string to tie the sleeve on Chōken (an outer garment with wide sleeves) or Hitatare (a kind of court dress), and the Tsuyu is placed directly under the cuffs. For Chōken, a Tsuyu of silk braided cord is put in; for Hitatare, a Tsuyu of a flat leather line. The cord is for tightening the sleeves in order to avoid them getting in the way during working time. It is primarily ornamental, however, and rarely used for such purposes on the stage. You may see an actor holding both cords in his hands at the beginning of a dance. This action is called “tsuyu-o-toru” (to take the cords).

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