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Item A Wonderful Well Worn Hikeshi-Banten
Japanese Fireman's Hanten Jacket From Kyoto
Age
Late 1800s
Fabric 100% Cotton
Sashiko & Sakiori
Size
See last photo for size chart.
Heavy Weight
2.6 lbs, 1190 g
Condition
Well Worn Appealing Condition and very wearable. Several repair patches.

We have washed & ironed this garment.

It is ready to wear or display as a wonderful example of a Japanese folk craft.
Comment Hazy images of a heroic fully armored samurai holding a bow and surrounded by clouds are still visible on the jacket. Remarkable!

A fireman's jacket was soaked in water before fighting a fire in order to protect him from the flames. The garment's fabric was thick to shield him from falling objects.

The fireman who owned this jacket must have fought many fires because the tsutsugaki created images have all but faded due to regular dousing with quantities of water.

The jacket is reversible. While fighting fires the plain side would be exposed. After the fire had been extinguished, the fireman would reverse his jacket and the decorative images would be displayed to cheering onlookers, pridefully symbolizing a successful outcome.


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