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Rustic Tabi Sewn from an American Flour Sack

Written on April 15, 2010

What a nice surprise: this pair of white, cotton tabi from Nagano Prefecture are fashioned from an American flour sack!

Waraji1I love the cross-cultural aspect of these humble tabi, which must have been quite exotic in the time and place they were sewn.  For as unusual as this is–and it is–this reminds me of a wonderful work coat that was lined in a flour sack from Portland, Oregon which passed through my hands some time ago.  Here’s a link to the coat.Waraji1aIt’s not at all usual to find this kind of cloth in old, Japanese textiles, and the American flour sack makes these tabi special.  What’s also nice is seeing how tabi were fit into waraji, the woven sandals of old Japan.



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  1. Comment by Lambert:

    Those are just perfect! I like how one element from another culture was incorporated and made to fit a very japanese footwear.

    April 16, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

  2. Comment by velma bolyard:

    wonderful how precious a flour sack (and probably the flour, too) was.

    April 17, 2010 @ 11:44 am