Kojima Black Sashiko Japanese Firefighter Jacket

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This cotton hikeshi-banten (fireman jacket) is modeled after Edo era (1603-1867) fireman's uniforms. They would have been soaked in water before fighting a fire. Now they are mostly worn by fire brigade members to events, demonstrations, and festivities.

This jacket is faded black sashiko cotton with red & white stripes across the shoulders and two white stripes across the middle. It's a medium-to-heavy weight woven cotton that is soft and comfortable to wear. Can be worn open, or closed with the included fabric belt. This jacket includes two rare metal and enamel pins! The one is the fire brigade pin and the other was give to a brave/outstanding job. 

  • Unisex
  • Mid Shōwa era (1926-1989)
  • Front reads: "Kojima area group" and "Ajino branch"
  • Comes with two metal & enamel pins
  • Comes with wide fabric tie belt

Measurements taken flat.

Width 25" (64cm)
Shoulder Width 26" (66cm)
Length 31" (79cm)
Sleeve Width 11.5" (29cm)
Sleeve Length 10" (25cm)

Would best fit a Women's Medium (oversized) to Large. Men's Medium, slimmer cut Large.

This item is available to try on in our Brooklyn boutique.

Excellent vintage condition, with typical minor wear.

Dry cleaning recommended