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Item Japanese Hanten Jacket

Company Worker/Employee Jacket Sometimes called Happi Jackets
Age
Mid 1900s
Fabric Semi-loosely woven, very strong, thick katazome dyed cotton fabric. Somewhat coarse to the touch. Homespun and hand woven. Lovely faded and variegated indigo. Narrow sleves.
Size
See last photo for measurement chart.
Medium-Heavy Weight
1.5 lbs, 662 g
Condition
Very Good Condition, No Spots, No Tears. We have washed & ironed this garment.
It is ready to wear or display as a wonderful example of a Japanese folk craft.
Comment These infrequently found indigo dyed hemp garments are treasured today as a unique survivor of a once ubiquitous but now lost handmade folk textile mingei (people's) craft. This 1800s hemp noragi farmers garment was locally fashioned in the colder mountainous regions of Tohoku, Northern Japan. Even thought cotton fabrics by the 1800s were common throughout Japan, some remote impoverished rural areas still produced homespun hemp fabrics in order to fashion low cost utilitarian garments such as the one seen here. The people who resided in these areas were either too poor to purchase cotton fabrics or their villages were too remote and difficult for the cotton traders to reach.


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