Antique black and red wool blend sayagata haori
A striking antique haori jacket in a black and red, with off white accents, print on a wool blend (98% wool, 2% nylon) fabric. This piece is in excellent condition for the age.
While the wool has a bit of a “tooth” feel to it it certainly is not your old scratchy wool coat! It has a bit of body but isn’t stiff, it drapes nicely and the pattern stands out well. Overall a very nice jacket for men or women. This would dress up jeans or look great with a dress equally well.
It measures (using the photo for a guide):
- 74 cm long
- 130 cm from sleeve edge to sleeve edge
- 64 cm between shoulder seams
- 44 cm sleeve drop
• Haori: A kimono shaped jacket, designed to be worn on top of a kimono. Originally worn by men only; women were allowed to wear them after the Meiji era and women’s ones became all the rage in Taisho era (1912-1926). Haori are versatile garments, as they translate well into western-world outfits too, looking good when worn either dressed up for the evening or dressed down with jeans
• Sayagata: the swastika is often found as part of a repeating pattern. One common pattern, called sayagata in Japanese, is made of of interlocking manji/swastikas, left- and right-facing swastikas joined by lines. As the negative space between the lines has a distinctive shape, the sayagata pattern is sometimes called the “key fret” motif in English.
• Swastika: In South Asia, the swastika is omnipresent as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. It is used as a religious symbol in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, which can be traced to pre-modern traditions. In the Sinosphere, countries and regions that were historically influenced by the culture of China, such as Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and China itself, the symbol is most commonly associated with Buddhism. They are commonly found in Buddhist temples, religious artifacts, texts related to Buddhism and schools founded by Buddhist religious groups.