Boy’s happi
Cotton (homespun)
Stenciled, hand painted (?)

According to legend, Daruma lost his limbs as a result of sitting so long in meditation. In this arresting and humorous happi, Daruma is depicted as an infant, with the chubby arms and legs of a baby. There is no doubt that this is Daruma, however, because he already has his characteristic hood and vast belly, but most amusingly because he already has his moustache.

Toys of the period march merrily across the hem, while the collar is stenciled with nationalistic characters.

Inside, the shoulders are partially lined with a blue and white cotton towel (tenugui). This close-up brings to mind the strong lines and colors of art of the 1960s, but the happi dates back to the pre-war period.

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