Densely Stitched Sashiko Boro Work Vest
This is a boro sashiko sodenashi, a type of sleeveless hanten, or jacket, typically worn by Japanese farmers.
The outer fabrics are comprised of solid indigo cotton. A kasuri yoke and lapel were added at a later date around the collar and the shoulders to further reinforce the garment.
Upon closer inspection, the vest has a remarkable dense and dizzying array of sashiko embroidery in a repeating step pattern. The dense running stitch is used to reinforce the garment and layer together the pieces of cloth. Wonderful texture and pattern.
Dimensions: 17.5 x 29 inches; 44.5 x 74 centimeters
Early twentieth century