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Item Buddhist Temple Fireman's Jacket

A Wonderful & Beautifully Faded Large Hikeshi-Banten
Japanese Buddhist Temple Fireman's Coat or Jacket

This Fireman's jacket belonged to the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Sect of Kyoto, founded in the 13th century and established the Kyoto temple at the same time. Read about them on their web page:
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Sect

The kanji on the lapel names this Buddhist sect.

Buddhist temple firemen were not permitted to wear elaborate designs on fire jackets because they had to demonstrate poverty and self denial.
c. 1900
Fabric 100% Cotton
Hand done Sakiori Weaving
Hand stitched sashiko sewing.
See last photo for size chart.
Large Size & Heavy Weight
1.7 lbs, 1240 g
Overall good condition considering the age & function of this coat. Light feathering and pulled threads to some of the fabric.

Lovely faded indigo.

We have washed & ironed this garment.

It is ready to wear or display as a wonderful example of a Japanese textile folk craft.
Comment A fireman's Coat was soaked in water before fighting a fire in order to protect him from the flames and heat. The garment's fabric was thick to shield him from falling objects.

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