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Bangasa Happi Bangasa Happi
Item code: wh496

Price: £68.00

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Vintage Japanese Happi


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Description:
  • A wonderful black, cotton happi coat, with spectacular, big bangasa (Japanese parasols) and tanzanaku (paper strips for poetry) design

  • It may have shitsuke, which is large, white stitching put in by the Japanese to keep garment seams neat during long periods of storage, it just gets pulled out prior to wearing

  • More photos below

  • These Japanese garments should be hung out to air 4 times per year, if not worn frequently, just as the Japanese do. Hang your garment to air when you receive it too, as it will have been stored for a while.

Type:
  • Happi, a light jacket, popular in summer in Japan, usually worn to summer festivals

  • Hitoe (unlined), as is standard with happi coats

  • Cotton

Condition:
Excellent – vintage but unused

Measurements:
Sleeve end to sleeve end 126 cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam (yuki) 64 cm
Length 78 cm
Weight 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. You can get a rough idea of the length and size, as most haori are roughly the same size, from the photos further down this page, below this haori’s photos, where you can see some modelled by a UK size 10 woman who is 155cm (5’ 1”) tall and about 125 cm from wrist to wrist.

Happi Information:

  • Fastening: Happi do not overlap at the front and are not worn with an obi/sash.

  • 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.

  • They should also be hung out to air 4 times per year, if not worn frequently. Hang your garment to air for a day or so immediately after purchase too, as it will have been stored for a while.

  • 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.

  • Length: Happi are fairly long jackets, most are from upper thigh to mid thigh length. Check length above then measure from base of back of your neck down to judge length on you

  • Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing traditional Japanese garments. I would advise only dry cleaning

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

Photos:
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Below you can see examples of Japanese haoris (not the one for sale in this listing), some worn open and some with a belt added. The model, without heels, is 155cm tall.


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Additional Information
One must bear in mind that most are vintage items, which I strive to describe accurately and honestly. Most are in excellent vintage condition and therefore look virtually new but all are vintage, even the unused garments. Only a few smell of mothballs or a touch of vintage mustiness but most do not. This can be aired out and can be speeded up by tumble drying the dry garment at warm, but it should be put in a pillowcase in the dryer. I have also had success at removing it by turning garments inside out and spraying very lightly with Oust, then letting them hang for a couple of days, but you do this at your own risk, as I can’t guarantee it won’t damage some fabrics. I found Oust to be much better at it than Febreze, even though Febreze is intended for some fabrics and Oust is an air freshener. I usually mention any mothball or musty smell, if one does smell of it, but one must bear it in mind it is a possibility, even of not stated in the description, whenever buying vintage and antique textiles.
When it comes to colour, please be aware that all 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 sometimes try to describe colour, a description often conjours up one colour to one person but may suggest a different shade to another, so, again, any colour description is just a guide to the colour.
Therefore I do not accept returns or exchanges due to any mothball/vintage smell or any flaws mentioned in the description. Be sure to read the description carefully. The fit can be judged by measurements given

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