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Happi, cotton, Japan, mid 20th century

Happi, cotton, Japan, mid 20th century

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1950: Item # 767987

Please refer to our stock # 10073 when inquiring.
$ 150

Cotton workman’s livery coat and two pair of pants. On each of the lapels of the coat the name of a shop in white. On the back the shop logo (the character kichi under a double mountaintop) also in white. All around the hip stylized characters in gray in dye-resist technique. Dark indigo blue cotton. The inside of the back lined with a piece of light indigo blue and the lower part of the sleeves lined with pieces of brown cotton. Hand sown.
Comes with two pair of workman’s pants. Dark indigo blue on the outside (different from the jacket), lined with white/blue cotton and light blue waistband. Machine sown. Both stamped on the waistband with the word tokudai (oversize).
Some storage stains. Excellent condition never worn. Wrapped in the paper of Mitsukoshi Department store in Tokyo. On the wrapping paper is written ‘newly-tailored clothes made to order’ (gochou shitatemono).

The department store did not register its name Mitsukoshi until 1904. Before that it was called Mitsui. As the make and the colors indicate the coat and the pants were made and dyed in different workshops, as is usual.

If you wish to wear the pants, please, be advised that oversized for the Japanese body is the equivalent of our ladies' size 2 or 4.