A Pair of Unused Tabi: Black Cotton, Machine Stitched Details
mid twentieth century
H: 4 3/4", 12 cm
W: 3 3/4", 9.5 cm
L: 9 1/2", 24 cm
As is well known, tabi are the traditional, split-toe "socks" of Japan, and there are many variations of tabi, from this type--thick soled, cotton used for work or sport--to very elegant pairs of tabi that are worn when wearing formal dress.
This pair of tabi is made from commercially produced, black color cotton and is machine stitched. The toe and heel area are reinforced with a heavier, coarsely woven cotton, also dyed black. The pair is lined with blue cotton and there are four metal closures on the back of each tabi. The sole is of very heavy cotton which is reinforced with black and white cotton patches, each machine stitched to the sole.
As can be seen in the accompanying photographs, this pair of tabi is un-worn.
A lovely pair of still very usable old tabi.