The other character on stage for the "Defending the Princess" commission was of course the princess. Now this was a case where Smudge and I along with the client decided that what we wanted the princess to be wearing in this piece would not necessarily be historically accurate but would look right in the picture.
The problem was that it was not at all unusual for a Japanese princess to wear up to eight or more kimono robe layered on top of each other. This creates layers of overlapping color that if one knowledgeable with the meanings could make entire statements to all in the court. For this piece we assumed that the princess has fled a castle and only had a enough time to put a measly four layers of kimono before running for her life. So I guess she is forgiven on that count. Now if those nasty people would stop shooting arrows at her!