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Item Japanese Boro Indigo Cotton Momohiki Worker/Laborer Pants.

Double thickness fabrics with metal snaps at the bottom of legs which permitted a tight or loose fit at the ankle.

These pants are not suitable for wear. Best used for display or collector's item.
Age
Early to mid 1900s
Fabric 100% cotton, hand sewn.
Size
Waist 37 inches (95 cm)
Length 35 inches 88 cm
Ankle Across 5.0 inches (12cm)
Weight 0.5 lbs (274g)
Condition Good boro condition but with some fabric fraying and feathering 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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