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Item A Wonderful Well Preserved But Faded Large Hikeshi-Banten
Japanese Fireman's Hanten Coat From Kyoto
c. 1900
Fabric 100% Cotton
Hand done Sakiori Weaving
See last photo for size chart.
Large Size & Heavy Weight
4.1 lbs, 1840 g
Remarkably good condition considering the age & function of this coat. Somewhat Worn, Appealing Condition and yet very wearable. No holes, rips or stains but there is some fabric feathering on the collar around the neck area.

We have washed & ironed this garment.

It is ready to wear or display as a wonderful example of a Japanese folk craft.
Comment Lovely faded indigo still holding strong images of bricks and the firehouse logo which means "First Group". The kanji images on the lapel mean "First Group" & a fireman's name "Akiyama". Remarkable!

A fireman's Coat 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 tsutsugaki created images are strong but lightly faded due to regular dousing with quantities of water when fighting fires.

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

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