This dress is most definitely an ode to Geishas and to the incredible cultural wealth and complex depth that Japan has to offer. The colours and the floral pattern definitely make this dress into a showstopper and the adjustability of the wrap design make it any size friendly.
Psst, wanna know who Shikibu is?
Ever heard of The Tale of Genji? Well, it’s just considered the first novel ever written. And guess what? It’s written by a woman. Known as Murasaki Shikibu, her real name remains a mystery as this was the name she received as customary when she became part of the royal court. Lady Murasaki was an avid writer of poetry, and it is commonly thought that her husband’s death is what first inspired her to write The Tale of Genji. When her reputation as a writer spread, Lady Murasaki was invited to be a lady-in-waiting to Empress Shōshi at the Imperial Heian Court. She was to be both a tutor and a companion to the teenage empress. Part of the reason why The Tale of Genji is so significant is because the later chapters depict court life and aristocracy in painstaking detail. If The Tale of Genji was written by a woman, it was, more importantly, also written primarily for women. The 1,100-page novel took years to write, contains hundreds of characters, and was written in chapter-by-chapter instalments distributed to Murasaki’s fellow court ladies and other high-ranking noblewomen. At the end of the serialized work, the story ends abruptly in mid-sentence; it is believed that Murasaki continued to write The Tale of Genji for as long as she could.
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