A beautifully crafted and accurately detailed miniature traditional Japanese raincoat set that includes the cape-like raincoat, hat and shoes. Hand woven from rice straw and worn by peasant farmers for hundreds of years in their daily outdoor work during rainy weather. Remarkably, all pieces of this delicate set are in mint condition.
The Japanese raincoat is known as a "mino" and is sometimes called a "kappa" because it resembled the seaweed hanging on the back of the mythic half man / half turtle Shinto creature called Kappa. It was worn by tying the upper strap around the neck. Covering the back and lower torso it was most effective when bent over, as working in a field.
The miniature raincoat measures 7 inches at its widest points and is 11 1/4" long. There is a band of red as well as one of green used in the construction.
The light straw sandals were bound on bare feet with cords that wrapped around the lower leg. The miniature sandals measure 1 1/2 inches long and the wraps are 4 1/4 inches long.
The woven round flat hat is bound at the top and has painted black Japanese calligraphy on the top. It is just less than 3 inches across.
Purchased outside of Kyoto, Japan in the 1970's.
Condition: The little set is in remarkable condition. MINT, with no wear or damage. It has been stored in a box since it was purchased. The fragile straw even has intact pods on it. All pieces are functional. The straw is both strong and fragile. I would suggest mounting the set in a protected case or behind glass to preserve it.
This miniature set is a stunning example of traditional Japanese textile crafts – even a common straw rain suit is delicate, exquisite and admirable.