hanten (Jacket)

About this object

History of use

There are different styles of hanten (袢纏) for different uses. It is worn as a winter jacket/coat if padded, a workman’s jacket, by traditional shopkeepers or during a festival. This hanten is likely to be a workman's jacket worn over ordinary clothes, not over kimono.

Physical description

Black hanten (袢纏, also written as 半天, 袢天, 半纏) with blue pattern. The pattern consists of tiny blue lines and dots in horizontal rows. There is a wide patterned band around the neck and down the centre opening. The sleeves are slightly tapered with an opening under the arm. On the inside lower back, there is a large blue square sewn down on three sides. The rest of the inside is unlined.