Antique Japanese Textile

Antique Japanese Open Front Farmer's Vest | Noragi Vest

$599.00

Age:1900s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 15-0” at the shoulders x 23-0” long

This is a wonderful bori garment that embodies the Japanese indispensable concept of “mottainai”, or not wasting fabric, and when one can prolong the cloth’s useful life through recycling and reuse.This homemade vest is constructed from Indigo blue, camel and orange color homespun cotton fabrics and characterized by its single patchwork and mended assembly. Although, as with this vest the blue dyed fabric changed color into shades of beautiful lighter blue(s) as is naturally faded through washing and wearing. It has open sides with straps which provides for a flexible fit. 

Antique Condition: Overall Good Condition for its age, strong Indigo fabrics nicely woven garment with one 4”x2” brown patch on the back shoulder as originally re-constructed. “As is” and retains the original craft/workmanship. 

NOTE: Japanaese women carefully unstitched old futon covers, worn-out garments, and other ragged household textiles in order to recycle and remake the usable fragments to give them a refreshed “noragi” appeal.

The Japanese believed that indigo mirrored the hue of the oceans surrounding the Japanese islands, a symbolic concept that was both culturally and economically important to every Japanese. Indigo dye was favored for its ability to hold the deep blue color in the fabric after many years of use. 

This sewing tradition was passed down from mother to daughter, from each generation to the next, and was part of the basic homemaking repertoire of every Japanese farmer's or fisherman's wife.