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A Wonderful, Well Preserved Large Hikeshi-Banten
Japanese Fireman's Hanten Coat From Kyoto
c. 1900
Fabric 100% Cotton
Hand done Sakiori Weaving
Top of collar to bottom edge:
37 inches, 95 cm
Sleeve edge to edge, across shoulders:
48 inches, 123 cm
2.9 lbs, 1330 g
Remarkably good condition considering the age & function of this coat. No holes, rips or stains. There is very slight fabric feathering on some edges.

Lovely but ever so slightly faded exterior indigo but still holding strong interior images of the dragon. The tsutsugaki created images are strong but lightly faded due to regular dousing with quantities of water when fighting fires.

It is ready to display as a wonderful example of a Japanese folk craft.
Comment Dragons are protectors of Buddhist Dharma (cosmic law and order, and teachings of the Buddha).

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

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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