A Striped Cotton Apron: Traditional Garment
mid twentieth century
25" x 25 1/2", 63.5 cm x 64.75 cm
Aprons were worn all the time in old Japan by all classes of people, especially working people.
Women at home wore them to do housekeeping, farmers and tradesmen wore them, shopkeepers wore them--in the past, aprons or maekake were part of one's daily clothing, and, still, today, many people today in Japan wear aprons on a daily basis.
This hand stitched maekake is fashioned from a handsomely colored woven cotton stripe. The apron is made of three panels of cotton with finished slits on the bottom hem, between the panels. The tie is a deep red-dyed cotton, a nice complement to the the deep, rich coloration of the apron itself--the tie is machine stitched to the base.
If you ever happen to see historical photos of old Japan, particularly street scenes for scenes depicting everyday life, look closely at the photos and most likely you will see the presence of maekake in these photos.
This apron seems not to have been worn.