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Item Japanese Indigo Hemp Momohiki Worker/Laborer Pants

These pants are suitable for wear but note the slim leg size. Don't stretch. Or, use for display or collector's item.
Age
Early to mid 1900s
Fabric 100% Hemp, light weight thin fabric.
Hand sewn.
Size
Waist 43 inches (108 cm)
Length 35 inches (90 cm)
Ankle Across 7.1 inches (18cm)
Weight 0.32 lbs (145g)
Condition Good boro condition
Numerous small holes.

We have included some similar fabric of the same era to boro patch/repair these momohiki.

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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