- A fairly thick cotton hanten, with nadeshiko (fringed pinks) design. Nadeshiko: The flower known as pinks, one of the carnation (dianthus) family. The name comes from the serrated edge, as though cut with pinking shears. It is said the name of the colour pink comes from these flowers.
- There is Japanese writing on the front edges. I cannot translate it.
- 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.
- I recommend dry cleaning as the method to use whenever cleaning this.
A Japanese hanten, a workers livery jacket
Body width under arms 64.5cm
Sleeve & shoulder width (centre back to cuff) 66cm
Cuff to cuff 132cm
Nadeshiko Hanten A
- Hanten are work livery, long jackets. They are worn by some workers, shop staff and Japanese firemen. They often have names and logos of the company on them.
- Fastening: Hanten are usually 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: Hanten 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
- Colour: Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only