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Patched and Embroidered Denim Overalls: Circa 1950

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Textiles: Apparel: Pre 1960: Item # 1325301
 Child size on left $450 Adult pair SOLD 
Child size on left $450 Adult pair SOLD

Both pairs of heavily mended; patched and embroidered overalls have taken on a life of their own. They owners of these work pants were either very poor and/or very dedicated to their clothing. They are reminiscent of the tradition of Japanese boros in which clothing and bedcovers are mended many times over and elevated in status from functional textiles to that of art. It is not a tradition, though, that one often sees in this country. It is clear on the adult pants in particular that the sewer intended the repairs to be decorative as well as functional. The adult overalls measure 57 1/2" from the cuffs to the top of the shoulder straps. They are from Industry, Illinois. The child size overalls are 37" in length.