A Pair of Reinforced Sashiko Stitched Tabi Covers: Indigo Dyed Cotton
early to mid twentieth century
each, as shown: 4 1/4" x 9", 10.5 cm x 23 cm
This is a beautiful pair of indigo dyed cotton, sashiko stitched foot or tabi covers.
Accessories like these would be worn by working people in old Japan: what also may be worn in addition to these would be other body-guarding garments like leg protectors, hand protectors and head coverings. The extremities of the worker's body were often covered by multiple accessories versus one, protective suit.
The base cloth is a deeply colored indigo cotton and the stitching is done in the same, deep blue color cotton thread. Attached to the heel portion of the tabi cover is a layer of white cotton which is also densely sashiko stitched, this portion being stitched in white thread.
Each of the two pieces is outfitted with a pair of ties.
A wonderful pair, beautifully realized, and with a rich variety of stitching.
A beautiful artifact from old Japan