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MAIWAIGI - Fisherman's celebratory kimono for child

MAIWAIGI - Fisherman's celebratory kimono for child

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1930: Item # 1372570

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'Maiwaigi' is a custom-made celebratory kimono designed with auspicious 'tsutsugaki' picture, presented to a fisherman from a shipowner after a large catch.
This is an extremely rare and unique type of 'Maiwaigi' made for child, with such deformed 'tsutsugaki' picture with auspicious seagulls design wishing for a large catch, coming from Boso peninsula in Chiba prefecture, 1920s, Japan, hardly seen in the market and also among the kimono collectors today. In fine used condition as is as seen, with loose threads at sleeve, small holes, stains, and etc. From sleeve to sleeve: approx. 86.5cm (34.05in), Length: approx. 75cm (29.52in), Width: approx. 39cm (15.35in)

Such custom was originated from Boso peninsula in the late Edo period in 19th century, and declined during 1920s. (According to the record in Boso peninsula, the last order was 1928.) Maiwaigi had been worn by the fishermen at New Year’s banquet that was the only time they were allowed to wear them. (That’s why made with cotton for winter use) A scarce piece of scarce remains today.

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