This pair of men's hakama (pants) was meant to be worn during a theatrical performance such as Nō. They have straps for tying at the waist and are decorated with floral and drum designs that are scattered over a tan silk ground, embellished with gold, teal, orange, and black motifs and patterns.
Hakama are a type of traditional Japanese pants that are tied at the waist and worn over a kimono. They were originally worn only by men, but today can be worn by people of either sex.
This object was donated to the Boston Children's Museum by the Citizens of Kyoto, Japan in 1976 to honor the Boston–Kyoto Sister City relationship and the move of The Japanese House to Boston.