Karaori (Nishijin-ori Noh Shozoku)
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Karaori refers to the Noh costumes made with Nishijin-ori textiles that Noh actors wear when they perform on stage. Although similar to kimono, Karaori is not something that is usually worn in everyday life. Noh is a traditional performing art of Japan that has a history of some 700 years. These extremely precious garments are all made by hand with Japanese materials and techniques. Noh Shozoku are not something you would find in a department store or kimono shop. These are all very special, precious items that most people would rarely have the chance to see.