A Hand Loomed Plaid Cotton Jacket: Indigo Dyed Lining
early to mid twentieth century
33" x 44", 84 cm x 111.75 cm
This simple coat is reminiscent of the kind worn every day in old Japan, either in the country or the city.
It is made of a wonderfully colored, hand loomed cotton plaid cloth, the cotton yarns being slubby at times and showing a rich, surface texture because of these slubs.
Since this was an every day coat, it shows a soft, but determined, patina of wear from having been worn hard; on the lower, left, back panel there is a faint splotch of discoloration which is shown in the accompanying detail photographs.
The coat is lined in recycled indigo dyed cottons which also can be seen on the detail photos shown here: just lovely.
Over all, this is a very handsome coat, one that is still very wearable, and one that calls up daily life in old Japan.