A Piece Constructed Woman's Work Coat: Mid Twentieth Century
ca. mid twentieth century
shoulder to hem: 31", 78.5 cm
sleeve tip to sleeve tip: 34, 86.5 cm
This cheery-looking work coat is pieced from striped and kasuri cottons; its lining is a brown colored cotton which shows traces of red dye which has bled through the exterior into the lining.
The combination of stripes with three types of kasuri cotton cloth is not only delightful to see, but it also is very typical of the type of rural jackets that were worn by women in mid-century Japan. Obviously these jackets were hand stitched from from recycled cloth, at least in part.
Pay special attention to the kasuri cloth on the collar of this work coat which shows a lovely striped feature that is easily seen in the detail photos shown on this posting.
Two very, very faint lentil-sized stains on the bottom, back of the coat near the center seam.