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Item A Wonderful Boro Patched and 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
1.2 lbs, 1175 g
Overall good boro condition considering the age & function of this coat. Appealing patches and repairs.

We have added the bias fabric (same era as jacket) to the sleeves and made a few hand repairs in some areas.

We have washed & ironed this garment.

It is ready to wear or display as a wonderful example of a Japanese textile folk craft.
Comment Lovely faded indigo still holding strong images of bricks.

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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