Fireman’s mittens
Cotton (homespun)
Sashiko stitching, dyes and pigments

To protect their hands, firemen wore thick gloves made of the same materials as their jackets: multiple layers of cotton sewn together with sashiko stitching.

These show a fair amount of wear. Some of the material has worn away where the mittens would have encountered the most friction from use, and color has faded where they were repeatedly folded by the hand joints.

The designs on the two gloves are not identical, suggesting that they may have been repurposed, possibly from a damaged jacket.

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