Kimono: ed: probably wrap-pants! Mystery Vintage Tourist Hakama

17 March, 2013 (02:25) | All Entries, Blog, Japan | By: snowy

EDIT: The general consensus of the textile collectors I’ve asked is that these are “wrap pants”, but may have been a bit influenced by hakama? Thanks, guys! :)
The Mystery. The Legend. The Mystery Vintage Tourist Hakama.
If you have any clue what these are, feel free to comment. I’m trying to fish for info… You can click through to view the photos and comments on Flickr; comments are also enabled here.

BACKGROUND: One of grandma’s friends brought these back from Japan a LONG time ago. When she died- well over a decade ago, I think?- I inherited these and her crocheting supplies. I’d forgotten about them until now, but I found them in a box when cleaning.


At the time I inherited these, I knew NOTHING about kimono, but grandma insisted that they were from Japan, and showed me how to put them on- they go on about the same way that normal hakama go on, BUT they are tied with short ties and what seem to resemble brassiere-hooks on straps. ;_; (No, seriously. Check out the closeups.)

The fabric is some sort of fake- polyester?- and has wild, Hawaiian-looking patterns on it (although they could theoretically be Taisho-style patterns? things got wild then!) But these seem to me to be sort of the equivalent of an antique cosplay faumono Hawaiian t-shirt. Or something. They’re *probably* from the 50’s or 60’s, which is when she would have probably been traveling, but I’m not sure. (On a side-not, I’m also curious how grandma knew how to put them on, but that’s probably best left unanswered. #DontWantToPictureGrandmaIn60sCosplay)

But, for want of something better to call them, I’ve been calling them “tourist hakama”- even though the “tourist”/”export” wafuku items I’ve seen so far have been consigned entirely to the “yukata, fauxmono and accessories” categories. But I know that these did come from Japan, and I later found out that hakama are put on the same way (although the straps on these are VERY simplified.)

It’s also worth noting that the “sides” on the outsides of the legs are completely open, but the fabric is so wide that the overlap covers everything. (I don’t know if it shows up well in the pictures- just picture the side-vents in normal riding-hakama going down all the way to the ankles, but the fabric on the legs being so big that you can’t really see it when worn.)

I’m not sure if it comes through in the photos, but the inner yellow of the yellow blossoms is SO bright neon-yellow that it actually has green tints and is flourescent-looking. (Imagine if someone drew on a white kimono with a yellow highlighter marker… ;__;)

I’m guessing that the flowers are camelia?

Any info on these would be appreciated… I’ve never seen something quite like them, and while I’m at least vaguely sure that they aren’t traditional/typical wafuku, I’m curious to know more.

(In this last photo, the front is down but the back is tied up, to give you an idea of what the construction is like.)


Comment from Mike
Time March 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

I have no clue about that stuff admittedly. That said, I wanted to say I’m glad to see you post again, though. :-)

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