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Item Man's Momohiki, Japanese Boro Indigo Cotton Worker/Laborer Trousers

These pants are not suitable for wear. Best used for display or collector's item.

This style of momohiki is called: matahiki

These were for winter wear for warmth.
Early 1900s
Fabric 100% cotton, hand sewn.
Mostly Double fabric layers
Waist 30 inches (76 cm)
Length 35 inches (90 cm)
Ankle Across 6.1 inches (15cm)
Weight 1/2 lbs, (350g)
Condition Good boro condition
Nicely sewn boro patches and repairs.
We have washed and ironed this momohiki.
Momohiki were worn mostly by men. Women at times wore momohiki but a different style than the momohiki shown here The momohiki were designed to fit snugly around the legs, similar to modern-day 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 wore an undergarment and an overgarment (usually a hanten jacket) with the momohiki. Momohiki was a common garment among shop men during the 1800s and early 1900s. Many times momohiki tended to be decorative, often showing sashiko stitching. 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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