Fireman’s gauntlets
Cotton (homespun)
Sashiko, rice paste resist

These long gloves appear to say 84th House (八十四家), almost certainly indicating the firefighter’s affiliation, but readers with alternative suggestions are encouraged to send them in. When the gauntlets are turned over, we see they have an open design, allowing the firefighter to use his fingers when additional dexterity is required, while still giving the maximum possible protection. The rounded top is long enough to cover the knuckles, but not long enough to get in the way. Note the inserted triangular gusset that widens the gauntlet to cover the forearm, as well as the loops and cord that keep the gauntlets paired.

Below, a close-up of the home spun and hand stitched pale blue cotton lining.

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