Condition: Excellent, Great
This Pre-1920’s Indigo country vest was hand-made by the wives of farmers, fisherman, and lumbermen in rural communities throughout Japan in the Meiji period (1868-1912) through the early Showa period beginning in 1926. The wear and tear evident on garments called Mottainai reflects the hard-scrabble lives of the people who made and wore them every day in the fields and forests. “Mottai” was originally a Buddhist term that referred to the “essence of things.” Applied to everything in the physical universe, the word suggests that objects do not exist in isolation but are intrinsically linked to one another. “Nai” is a negation, so “mottainai” is an expression of sadness for the disrespect that is shown when any living or non-living entity is wasted. The vest shown represent the spirit of “mottainai”.
The sides of the vest are open and held together by cotton straps that are intact. There is a brown cotton patch on the back top right which is typical of these garments, otherwise there are no holes or imperfections on the piece. The ½” indigo binding outlining the garment along with the 2” indigo collar banding are slightly faded but in good condition. Cotton inner lining is in good condition. Vintage garments may show signs of wear, imperfections and recycling (mottainai), which enhances the uniqueness of this cultural item. Color: Indigo and Earth Brown. Approximate Size: Ladies Medium
Dimensions: 14 ½”w x 23 ¾”L (36.8cm x 60.3cm)
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection