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Item Japanese Farmer Hemp Handmade Noragi Jacket
Age
Early 1900s
Fabric Semi-loosely woven, very strong, thick indigo dyed hemp fabric and cotton katazome lapel. Somewhat coarse to the touch. Homespun and hand woven. Lovely dark indigo fabric.

Partially lined with indigo cotton fabric.
Size
See last photo for measurement chart.
Medium Weight
0.83 lbs, 376 g
Condition
Very Good Condition, No Spots, No Tears. Has a few nicely done boro repari patches. 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 unique survivors of a once ubiquitous but now lost handmade folk textile mingei (people's) craft. This 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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