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

These pants are not suitable for wear. However, with some careful repairs and sewing, the buyer may be able to make these momohiki wearable. However, probably best for display or as a collector's item.

This style of momohiki is called: matahiki

These were for winter wear for warmth, several fabric layers, heavy weight.
Early 1900s
Fabric 100% cotton, hand sewn.
Waist 28 inches (70 cm)
Length 33 inches (85 cm)
Ankle Across 6.1 inches (16cm)
Weight 1.2 lbs, (550g)
Condition Good boro condition
Many Nicely sewn boro patches and repairs.
We washed and ironed this momohiki.
Momohiki were worn mostly by men. Women at times wore momohiki like the style 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. The long ties act as an adjustable belt are tied together. The wearer used an undergarment and an overgarment (usually a hanten jacket) with the momohiki.

Momohiki was a common garment worn by shop employees during the 1800s and early 1900s. A woman's momohiki tended to be decorative, often showing sashiko stitching and somewhat better construction than a man's. See the last image for a drawing of a woman wearing momohiki leggings and a vest.

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