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[Denim tabi with white cotton lining]

[Denim tabi with white cotton lining]
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tabi (Japanese socks)
D: 9.0 in, H: 5.75 in, W: 3.5 in

, unknown


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 pair of tabi (Japanese style socks) ; 9 x 3.5 x 5.75 in.

Denim tabi lined with white cotton and has sole reinforced with double layer of denim and quilted with machine stitching. Top is attached to sole by overcast stitching by hand. Secured with 3 kohaze metal fasteners at back of heel to 3 double rows of thread loops.

Written in ink on fabric label (tape) located on proper right tabi: Barbara Kawakami. Written in blue ink on lining of proper right tabi: Uncle Zenbei.

Originally, Zenbei Saito gave Barbara Kawakami tabi along with work clothing to assist with her research.

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