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Item Japanese Boro Indigo Hemp Momohiki Worker/Laborer Pants

Umanori hakama style momohiki variation. A "mountain" or "field" type of umanori hakama was traditionally worn by field or forest workers

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

Use as a display or collector's item.
Early to mid 1900s
Fabric 100% Hemp, thick fabric, Hand Stitched.
Waist 39 inches (100 cm)
Length 35 inches (88 cm)
Ankle across 6.0 inches (15cm)
Weight 1.3 lbs (513g)
Condition Very good condition with very little wear but a few small holes. 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 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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