A Tabi Last or Pattern Mold: Old Wood
ca. late nineteenth century
7 1/2" x 2 3/4" x 3/4", 19 cm x 7 cm x 2 cm
This foot-shaped, carved wooden form is used in the making of tabi, the split-toe socks that were worn by all in old Japan.
This particular mold or last is a bit different from most because it is relatively flat; often these lasts are rounded and show volume, mimicking the natural shape of a foot. This one is a angled piece of flat wood.
There is patina of wear on this tightly grained piece of wood and there are ink drawn kanji on front and back which state the size of the form.
A marvelous souvenir from old Japan, and a very attractive object in its own right.