A Reversible Kasuri Maekake: Traditional Apron
ca. mid twentieth century
18" x 23", 45.5 cm x 58.5 cm
Aprons, or maekake, were worn by everyone in old Japan, especially by women--and they were a part of the every day work outfit.
This mid twentieth century maekake is a real eye dazzler: the proper front is sewn from blue and white kasuri cotton while the back is lined with very softened cottons, both striped and checked.
The visual contrast between front and back is lovely, and this maekake shows a patina from wear: the surface of all the cotton cloth is very nicely worn in. Of course, that said, this apron can also be worn on either side since each side is attractive and in good condition.
There is a white cotton waist band with some light surface soiling, but otherwise, the lovely apron is in good condition.A real delight, and a very nice reminder of old Japan.