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Item Indigo Hemp Boro Farmer Jacket, Noragi
Cotton Kasuri Collar/lapel

This jacket would have been worn on cool Spring or Fall days.

Patchwork pieced together from saved fabrics.

These infrequently found indigo dyed hemp garments are treasured today as a unique survivor of a once ubiquitous but now lost hand made folk textile mingei (people's) craft.

This jacket exemplifies the Japanese thrifty concept of "mottainai". (see Comment section below)
Early 1900s
Fabric Semi-loosely woven, strong fabric. Mostly soft to the touch. Homespun and hand woven. Lovely faded and variegated solid indigo hemp with few cotton patches.
See last photo for measurement chart.
Medium-Heavy Weight
11 oz, 315 g
Very Good Boro Condition, No Spots, No Tears. We have washed & ironed this garment.

Buyer may have to tighten a seam or two as needed.

It is ready to wear or display as a wonderful example of a Japanese folk craft.
Comment For the Japanese, the expression mottainai conveys the idea that "This item still has value therefore it’s too good to waste!" It’s origin comes from an ancient Buddhist religious concept that regrets the waste or misuse of sacred or highly respected items, such as religious objects. It also relates to the Japanese Shinto spiritual belief that all objects have souls, no matter how humble and, therefore, are sacred.

Over time, the mottainai notion became deeply rooted into the collective psyche of Japanese populace to indicate the essential view of not throwing away anything that might still have value, to reuse in some practical manner.

The mottainai belief was especially consequential for the impoverished farmer and fisherman wives who needed, for financial reasons, to continue the lifespan of family’s clothing and household textiles as long as possible.

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