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[Guava wood geta, Waialua, Hawaii, 193-]

Kibota, Haruo

[Guava wood geta, Waialua, Hawaii, 193-]
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L: 8.5 in, W: 3.5 in, H: 1.5 in

Waialua, Hawaii, 193x


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 pair of light brown geta (raised wooden slippers) : guava wood, leather ; 8.5 x 3.5 x 1.5 in.

Japanese style slippers handcarved from single piece of guava wood and has brown leather straps that are secured at the front middle of base with knot on the underside between the toes and at sides of foot with tiny nails. The geta are identical in shape: right (A) and left (B) side. There is white paint on the underside where leather straps are attached. Knot in wood near strap of left side.

The geta were handcrafted by Mr. Haruo Kibota in the 1930s from scraps of wood gathered from cane fields and mountain area near Waialua Sugar Plantation. Mr. Haruo Kibota came from Hiroshima ken, Konu Gun (now Futami gun) in 1915.

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