This is an antique Japanese mino rice straw rain or snow coat from the late
Meiji era (c.1900). This coat is handwoven from rice straw and was worn by
farmers in their daily outdoor work duties in bad weather. Similar coats were
worn by the Samurai, although these were usually more ornate. Images of Samurai
mino are frequently depicted in woodblock prints. The raincoat offered here was
found in an old family warehouse near Kyoto. It was worn by tying the upper
strap around the neck and the lower around the waist. It would cover the back
and lower torso, and would be most effective when bent over, as working in a
field. The dimensions are 36" wide, 45" long, and 3" thick. Condition: Given
its age and the fact that this was a working garment, the coat is in remarkable
condition. In the first two photos one can see that the lower section to one
side has worn away, but the binding and ties are still intact and functional.
The first photo is the outside of the coat. As can be seen in my photos there
is some shedding of straw, but it is still quite strong and durable.
The last picture (not included) shows three Japanese samurai? wearing a
similar mino rain/snow coat.
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within 30 days of receipt.
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