Vintage Hanten Denim “Samue” | Indigo Work-Recreational Jacket Vintage Hanten Denim “Samue” | Indigo Work-Recreational Jacket

Vintage Japanese Denim Jacket

Vintage Hanten Denim “Samue” | Indigo Work-Recreational Jacket



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Flat Dimensions: Size: Mens Large
Shoulder to Shoulder Seam: 26.5"
Chest: 26"
Sleeve length: 15.5"
Jacket Length: 32.5"

This “Samue Indigo Denim" is an older garment that remains to have many uses. Traditionally worn by monks in Zen Buddhist temples, artists, or even by doctors, it is also widely worn as home wear and in Ryokan (traditional hotel), or at Onsen (hot spring). In recent years, it has become more and more popular to wear the Samue outside of the privacy of ones' home, as it is a particularly comfortable informal clothing. Samue is worn without a belt.

This piece is made from heavier weight cotton made of yarn with fine knots called Nep, and constructed into this wonderful jacket. The only ornamentation on the garment is the wonderful graphic on the open pocket which represents stylized waves, (Seigaiha) with an abstract bird flying over the water. This is one of the oldest types of Indigo Hanten and the graphic adds a nice visual dimension and typical for the times indicating that the garment has a special message.

Indigo Blue became popular in the Edo period (1603-1868)  and continues to this day and is a color woven deep into Japan’s history. This vintage garment is from the 1960s. This Indigo Jacket is made using a resist dye technique known as “tsutsugaki”. The dying allows for a variegated (aged) indigo coloring and originally dyed with expert skill.  

Condition: Very good and beautifully aged condition but over time, use and washing, the dark blue appearance gradually faded, producing a visually striking variegated indigo coloring, a unique feature of indigo favored among collectors. Natural fading is preferred for it enhances the color dye after years of use to become a one-of-a-kind item, and inseparable from the lives of its users. It is a vintage clean garment with slight wear on the edge of the right side of the collar, no holes, no torn elements, or loose threads with strong seams. 

NOTE: Seigaiha In Japan pattern symbolizes a desire for continued peaceful living and good luck. Its direct translation is "Blue Ocean Waves". This pattern name has origins in an ancient Japanese court dance called Seigaiha. The dancers would wear costumes with this pattern.