A Child's Resist Dyed Fesitval Hanten: Lovely Patina
mid twentieth century
23" x 34", 58.5 cm x 86.5 cm
This is a vibrantly graphic, resist dyed hanten or happi, a type of jacket that was worn during local festivals associated with a temple or shrine.
This happi is made of indigo dyed cotton and is completely hand stitched.
Jackets of this type were made in great numbers as they were worn by many participants during a particular festival. The design on this jacket is rich, with its repeat of stylized kanji and vertical bars, a grey color against a dull indigo tone.
There are very minor snags which can be seen to the surface of this well-worn coat; photos of the flaws are pictured on the accompanying detail photos.
A charming and very attractive festival garment, and one that stirs memories of old Japan.