Item #59054
Men's Kimono
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Item No#59054
Itemfiremen's jacket
Price$2400.00
Historyvintage( Meiji peirod ( 1868-1912) )
Conditionvery good
Fabriccotton
Techniquesashiko/dyed
Size
sleeve to sleeve 117cm 46"
length 88cm 34 3/4"
back width 57cm 22 1/2"
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Weight1.24kg
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We call the firemen's jacket as 'Hikeshi Sashiko Banten'. is made of multiple layered cotton, and was designed to be wetted and to protect firemen from bruises and burns. Sashiko stitches reinforced the cloth to protect the body against the heat, cool and droppings. In the inside they have vivid pictures, which are deeply rooted in the tatoos. Themes are dragon, tiger and samurai, and they were drawn with vivid and vigorous touch.
Firemen wore the jacket with the right side (which has only simple design) out while working. They were widely admired for their skills, bravery and morality, just like as the spacemen today.In Edo period (1603-1867), fires often occurred in town, and they couldn't easily be extinguished. Because there were not the electricity, so people had to use candles or lantern in their house, and once the fires occurred, fires spread very fast because the material of houses are wood and papers. Firemen helped the people, and pulled down the housed downwind of fires, in order to prevent the flames from engulfing others. Firemen were proud that they cost their lives to saving strangers, and they were considered to be manlier and braver than anyone else.
After the fire fighting ended, the fire firemen wore the jacket inside out. They walked back streets with displaying the vigorous pictures triumphantly . They might go drinking with jacket too. People had to admire and thank them to see their style.
The pictures of firemen jacket have similar design with tattoos. Nowadays tattoo are associated with desperation, outsiders ore criminals, but in Edo period tattoo evolved such images. Heroes of popular prints books had tattoo on the backs, and Edo people liked them. Most town firemen in Edo had splendid tattoos on their back,and they were considered to be the proof of manly and chivalrous men. So the town firemen in Edo period didn't need pictures inside, and mainly they wore the sashiko jacket with repeated pattern in the outside. But penal provisions forbidding tattoos were issued 1872, and since then tattoo have been treated as illegal. Tattoo seems to have bad image gradually from end of the Edo period, because of the opening of Japan to the world. So the firemen jackets from ending of Edo period, Meiji period (1868-1912) and later has pictures inside on behalf of the tattoos.
Hikeshi Sashiko Banten are very rare also here in Japan. And already good pieces were owned by a few collectors or went abroad, and belonged in Museums.
We fortunately got this Hikeshi Sashiko Banten. It is considered to be from Meiji peirod (1868-1912), and has stunning dragon motif inside. Dragon, wave and clouds are dyed vividly. Sashiko stitches are hand done and textile is very thick. The picture of this piece is slightly faded, because of its hard use. If the picture is more sharp, and the pigments are vivid, it will cost more than $6000.
I touch the fabric and enjoy its vigrous dragon picture, with imagining the proud of the original owner. He had to be the man among men - manly, brave and self-denial. And I also imagine the many firemen in these days, and their brave behaviors and their death ------

Super rare item for the connoisseurs.

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