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Item Japanese Farmer Noragi Handmade Katazome Hemp Jacket
Age
Early 1900s
Fabric Loosely woven, somewhat sheer indigo dyed hemp fabric with small pattern katazome. Somewhat coarse to the touch. Homespun and hand woven. Strong colors.
Cotton lapels and lining as seen in photos. The cotton fabrics used here were repurposed pieces taken from another well used textile.
Size
See last photo for measurement chart.
Medium Spring/ Summer Weight
12 oz, 350 g
Condition
Very Good Condition, No Spots. No Holes. We have washed & ironed this garment.
It is ready to wear or display as a wonderful Japanese folk textile example.
Comment These infrequently found katazome 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. Or perhaps, this person preferred the cooler hemp over cotton.


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