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Kabuki Actor Signed Happi A Kabuki Actor Signed Happi A
Item code: uha7

Price: £49.50

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Description:
  • A vintage, purple, red and white happi coat, with tabane noshi design and the autograph of a kabuki actor on the back of the shoulders

  • Made and bought in Japan

  • More photos below

Type:
  • Happi coat, festival jacket

  • Hitoe (unlined)

  • Cotton

Condition:
Excellent – signed by a kabuki actor

Measurements:
Sleeve end to sleeve end 123cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam 66.5cm
Sleeve depth at end 29cm
Length 84cm

Weight approx 0.5 kilo

Sizing:
Japanese clothing is usually of adjustable fit, being mostly wrap-over or tie-to-fit items, so most garments fit a range of sizes. Because of this (and only really knowing my own size anyway) I can't really advise anyone on the fit. Please judge fit from the measurements given. Measure from centre back of neck, along shoulder and down the arm to the wrist, then double that and compare it with the sleeve end measurement to judge sleeve length.

General happi information below photos


Colour: Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only

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Happi Information:
  • Happi coat: Happi are designed to be worn to summer festivals in Japan but they also look great with western world style clothing

  • Fastening: Happi are worn without fastening

  • Storage: The Japanese take great pains to store their traditional garments with the utmost care, which is why they stay in such exceptional condition. Some of my Japanese garments have large, white stitching (shitsuke) round the edges. The Japanese put these stitches in to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment. Hang up your kimono for a few hours prior to wearing to remove fold creases. Cedarwood or lavender essential oil keeps moths away, don't get it on the fabric, apply near it, on the box, wrapper, drawer etc or on a tissue.

  • Uses: Happi can, of course, be worn but also make a wonderful display items and require less space to display than a kimono.

  • Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing traditional Japanese garments. I would advise only dry cleaning for silk ones and for most cotton, wool or synthetic ones and any certainly for any crepe or shibori fabrics. Some synthetic or cotton kimonos can be gently hand washed but the dyes can run even in some of those, so consider that before washing. If it is washable, hand wash only

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Additional Information
One must bear in mind that most are vintage items, which I strive to describe accurately and honestly. A very few smell of mothballs or a touch of vintage mustiness, most do not. This can be aired out and this can be speeded up by tumble drying the dry garment at warm. I usually mention it in the listing if one does but one must bear it in mind as a possibility when buying vintage and antique items.
Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently, so colour in photos is purely a guideline, as I can't foresee how your monitor will display it. While I try to describe colour sometimes, a description often conjours up one colour to one person but may suggest a different colour to another, so, again, colour description is just a guide to colour.
Therefore I do not accept returns or exchanges due to minor any mothball/vintage smell or minor flaws mentioned in the description. The fit can be judged by measurements given

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