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Antique Hinagata or Sewing Practice

Written on September 22, 2008

Hinagata are miniature articles of clothing which are used to teach ladies how to create garments.  These are particularly interesting because they are all made in Japan, most likely during the Meiji era (1868-1912) or just thereafter, and they are all fashioned after Western styling.  Have a close look at the detail photos below and enjoy looking at the machine stitching, the tiny buttonholes, the smocking, the fastidious tailoring.

On the Sri website we list some hinagata, however we show tiny, practice kimono, as the one shown here.

These are absolutely wonderful to see in person.   Even though these tiny garments are Western-styled and mostly created from cotton, some of these garments are made of traditional Japanese asa (hemp or ramie) fabric, which makes this hybrid even more interesting.

On the dress below, note the tie: it’s made of very traditional Japanese fabric showing the asa-no-ha (hemp leaf) pattern, which is in sharp contrast to the otherwise Western pattern of the cotton dress.


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