The Lady Murasaki Shikibu
Lady Murasaki Shikibu was born in medieval Japan and is known as the first novelist in human history, best known as the author of The Tale of Genji. Her mother died while she was a child, and contrary to the customs of the time, Murasaki was raised by her father, who also bestowed upon her a male education. She was a handmaiden to the Empress at court, where she documented the interactions between the men and women in her famous novel, and her diaries. She died in her late fifties, quite old by hei-an standards.
The lady’s kimono and styling is an artistic representation of medieval Japanese style. It is five layers of the same garment in graduating sizes. The first layer is crimson silk charmeuse, followed by two layers of matka silk, and two additional layers of vintage kimono printed fabric. The orange shantung obi is embroidered with mirrors.
The Lady Murasaki Shikibu is the first Kouklitas Historical Figure.