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Item Japanese Boro Indigo Cotton Momohiki, Trouser-Pants Worn by Workers/Laborers

These trousers might be worn but probably best suited for use as a display or collector's item. These momohiki are somewhat wider in the legs than most.
Early to mid 1900s
Fabric 100% cotton, Hand sewn
Waist 24 inches (62 cm)
Length 35 inches (90 cm)
Ankle Across 7.0 inches (18cm)
Note...these are designed so that the back is open, no fabric seat.
Weight 0.83 lbs (378g)
Condition Good boro condition
Nicely sewn boro patches and repairs.
We have washed and ironed this momohiki.
The momohiki were designed to fit tightly around the legs, similar to leggings. They have open upper sides with long ties that act as an adjustable belt to fit the upper area close to the body.

The wearer used an undergarment and an overgarment, perhaps a hanten jacket or kimono, with the momohiki.

Momohiki was a common garment among farm women and shop men during the 1800s and early 1900s. It was worn by men and women. A woman's momohiki tended to be decorative, often showing sashiko stitching and somewhat better construction.

See the last image for a drawing of a farm woman wearing field clothing, note the momohiki leggings and noragi field vest.

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