An Unusual Wooden Tabi Form: Flat and Inclined
ca. late nineteenth century
8" x 3" x 1", 20.25 cm x 7.5 cm x 2.5 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 a notch of wood on this tightly grained piece and there are ink drawn kanji on front and back which state the size of the form, 9 1/2.
A marvelous souvenir from old Japan, and a very attractive object in its own right.