This fireman's sashiko coat is the one in Edo period. (1850)
It is dragon's motif in the indigo dye cotton.
It is very impressive. There is damage in the collar. 82cm x122cm (32.1" x47.8")
sashiko hanten are the coats worn by firemen for protecting their bodies. Some have pictures,some are of all repeated patterns, and the others are unfigured indigo ones or ones with a medalion on the back.
It is a polychrome in the cotton ground that is black, is gray, blue, blue, white, beige, etc. A bold part of the color variation and the composition is wonderful works.
Moreover, very deliberate sashiko is done. The lining is sashiko of the indigo dye. There is neither stain nor damage, too and the good one in the state very.
It is the one that sahiko is very old. It is the exactly valuables.
Dyestuff of the indigo of SASHIKO do not use the chemical dye.
The material used cotton that contained water easily. The source of the picture in these is a tattoo culture that became popular a tradesman in Edo period. It can be said that the tattoo culture was openhearted and was a self-appeal.
How did they extinguish fires?
There were no fire pumps like Today.
They destroyed the leeward house to prevent the fire from spreading farther. Namely they fought fires by the way we call breakdown.
It was a very dangerous work at the risk of life. But to work for the unknown at the cost of their lives looked very manly and stylish. So the town firemen were proud of their activity for which it was worth while to die for.
People considered them as reliable, brave and chivalrous men.
The sashiko hanten fireman's coat on them must have been also stylish.