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[Blue striped sensuji worker's jacket, Hakalau, Hawaii, 193-]

Kaneshiro, Elaine Kikue

[Blue striped sensuji worker's jacket, Hakalau, Hawaii, 193-]
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L: 24 in, center back: 19 in

Hakalau, Hawaii, 193x


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 jacket : cotton ; 24 x 19 in.

Blue striped sensuji worker's jacket with set-in collar, placket front with 6 white buttons, yoke across shoulders, and band (2 in.) at the bottom. One pocket on the proper left front panel. Long sleeves (21 in.) with one white button on cuff (2.25 in.).

Fabric label taped to interior: Kawakami/Ryogen Matayoshi.

Worn by Ryogen Matayoshi when working at Hakalau Sugar Company in the 1930s, the jacket was sewn by Matayoshi's daughter, Elaine Kaneshiro, in the 1930s and was given to Barbara Kawakami by Arthur Kaneshiro, grandson of Matayoshi in 1985. Literally "a thousand lines", sensuji is a heavy-duty cotton that resembles lightweight canvas.

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