the Heian period (795-1185), the kimono was so resplendent
that its appearance must have been stunning to say the least.
The world's first novelist, Lady Murasaki Shikibu (author
of "Tale of Genji," and attendant to the Emperor's court),
described in her writings multi layered costumes made of
the finest silk. Up to a dozen or more colorful layers of
contrasting colored kimono would be worn!
STREAM, AND KANJI