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Item Momohiki, Japanese Boro Indigo Cotton Worker/Laborer Trousers

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

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 30 inches (76 cm)
Length 35 inches (88 cm)
Ankle Across 5.5 inches (14cm)
Weight 0.5 lbs (218g)
Condition Good boro condition but 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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