A Pair of Sashiko Stitched Hand Guards
early to mid twentieth century
each glove: 10" x 7", 25.5 cm x 17.75 cm
Although shaped like mittens, these indigo dyed, sashiko stiched cotton gloves were probably made to do more than protect the hands from cold—they were probably also intended to protect the hands from wear when working in field or forest.
The base cloth is a good looking kasuri or ikat cotton. The thumb parts are of narrow striped cotton. The construction, as is evident, is rudimentary and functional; the stitching is done entirely by hand.
Hand guards such as these are extremely hard to find, and their overall good condition make them even more desirable.