Boy’s happi
Cotton (hand spun, hand woven)
Tsutsugaki (rice paste resist), stenciling

This child’s happi depicts the end of the fairy tale Momotaro, in which Momotaro subdues the demons of Demon Island. All around the hem are the main characters of the tale. Seen here on the sleeves are four of the seven treasures: the scrolls of wisdom, the clove, the cape of invisibility and the key to the treasure house. The garment business was highly compartmentalized. The weaving, dyeing and stencil making were all done by different skilled craftsmen. The peach (the momo in Momotaro, or Little Peach Boy) is strategically placed at the nape of the neck, where the child’s talisman would traditionally be.