A Pair of Small Tabi Lasts: Wooden Split Toe Sock Forms
ca. late nineteenth, early twentieth century
each: 8" x 2 1/2" x 1 1/4", 20 cm x 6.25 cm x 3 cm
What a charming pair: these carved wooden forms were used in the production of traditional Japanese split-toe cotton socks called tabi.
Of this pair, each of the two piece is slightly different in color; the tabi last shown on the left is slightly darker in color than the one pictured on its right. Each shows a surface that is a bit nicked and scuffed, and each of the tabi last's surfaces is beautifully burnished from years--or decades--of handling.
This is a really lovely pair of old, wooden tabi lasts, and certainly an item that calls up memories of old Japan.