A Child's Boro Mune-ate: Crisscross Back
ca. early twentieth century
27 1/2" x 11", 70 cm x 28 cm
This wonderful little indigo dyed, apron-like garment was made for a
It is beautiful not only from the point of view of its wonderful construction, but also for the patina to the indigo dyed and indigo/black dyed cotton which is patched, worn and decorated with some "fancy" machine stitched details.
Most likely this mune-ate originally as worn by a child under some kind of jacket during a festival as mune-ate are traditional garments worn under a happi or other festival garments at a matsuri or celebration.
By the amount of wear to this piece, it seems it could have been taken out of service as a festival garment and worn for every day, but that is not clear.
is hand stitched from hand loomed cotton; it is lined in hand loomed
indigo dyed cotton, and the piece is patched on front and back.
It shows delightful machine stitched details on its front pocket/pouch and its side pockets.
This is really, really marvelous and unusual textile from old Japan and is absolutely beautiful for its soulfulness, its patching, and its wonderful, small size.