- 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
- Hitoe (unlined)
- Made and bought in Japan
Happi coat, festival jacket
Excellent – signed by a kabuki actor
Sleeve end to sleeve end 123cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam 66.5cm
Sleeve depth at end 29cm
Kabuki Actor Signed Happi A
- Happi: a light jacket, popular in summer in Japan, usually worn to summer festivals Hitoe (unlined), as is standard with happi coats.
- 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