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A Set of Five Wooden Tabi Forms

Written on November 23, 2010

Today I am showing a group of five carved, wooden forms used in the making of tabi, or Japan’s traditional split-toe “socks.”These forms are arranged in graded sizes, from small to large, and as folk art, they are really charming.The surface of these lasts is beautifully burnished from use, and the deep color is most likely from oxidation as well as from years of  handling.

Most likely these tabi forms date to the early twentieth century, perhaps earlier.

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  1. Comment by diane:

    love these pics. went back searching to find them.
    Martin margella and Niki both made wonderful shoes based on this tradition. Thank you so much for posting.
    Don’t want you to think no one cares. I love your blog.
    Why don’t you put the blog address on the first e mail page anymore.

    December 15, 2010 @ 7:39 pm