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Item Momohiki, Japanese Boro Indigo Cotton Worker/Laborer Trousers.
Layered fabrics covered with close sashiko stitching to help provide protection from cold and elements.

These pants are almost suitable for wear but note the slim leg size. Don't stretch.

Probably best used for a display or collector's item.
Age
Early to mid 1900s
Fabric 100% cotton, hand sewn.
Size
Waist 47 inches (100 cm)
Length 37 inches (85 cm)
Ankle Across 6.0 inches (15cm)
Weight 0.9 lbs (511g)
Condition Very good condition with beautifully faded indigo cotton.
Hand Stitched.
Nicely sewn boro patches and repairs.
We have washed and ironed this momohiki.
Comment
The momohiki were designed to fit tightly around the legs, similar to leggings. They have open upper sides that close around the hips to form the seat when the long ties that act as an adjustable belt are tied together.

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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