Shonai Work Clothes Collection

AddressYamagataken Turuokasi Kachushinmachi 10-18
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  • Important tangible folk-cultural properties
  • Designated on June 11, 1966.

      The majority of work clothes generally called “detachinari” in the Shonai Region were short kimono-like garments worn with work pants. Normally, coverings for the back of the hands and wrists, leggings, and aprons were also worn.

     Cotton came late to the northern country, so hemp served as the main material for clothing for a long time. Cotton was brought from the Kansai region by way of Japan Sea shipping lanes, but many of the shipped items were secondhand. They were mended and reinforced to produce detailed embroidery for quilted clothing, and worn-out cloth was ripped into small pieces and reused as textiles.

     In addition, fibers were often taken from nettle, ramie, flowering ferns and fujika growing wild in hills and fields to make clothing.

     The designated items are 68 pieces of long/short clothing, 49 no-sleeve pieces, and 9 work hakama.