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Japanese immigrant clothing in Hawaii, 1885-1941

Author: Barbara F Kawakami
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Between 1886 and 1924 thousands of Japanese journeyed to Hawaii to work the sugarcane plantations. First the men came, followed by brides, known only from their pictures, for marriages arranged by brokers. This book tells the story of two generations of plantation workers as revealed by the clothing they brought with them and the adaptations they made to it to accommodate the harsh conditions of plantation labor.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kawakami, Barbara F., 1921-
Japanese immigrant clothing in Hawaii, 1885-1941.
Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)891917756
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara F Kawakami
ISBN: 0824813510 9780824813512
OCLC Number: 27035025
Description: xvii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Japanese Immigration to Hawaii --
2. Wedding Attire --
3. Men's Work Clothing --
4. Women's Work Clothing --
5. Work Accessories for Men and Women --
6. Casual Wear --
7. Footwear --
8. Children's Clothing --
9. Funeral Attire --
10. Conclusion --
Appendix A: Kamon --
Appendix B: Preservation and Care of Clothing.
Responsibility: Barbara F. Kawakami.

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Between 1886 and 1924 thousands of Japanese journeyed to Hawaii to work the sugarcane plantations. First the men came, followed by brides, known only from their pictures, for marriages arranged by brokers. This book tells the story of two generations of plantation workers as revealed by the clothing they brought with them and the adaptations they made to it to accommodate the harsh conditions of plantation labor. Barbara Kawakami has created a vivid picture highlighted by little-known facts gleaned from extensive interviews, from study of preserved pieces of clothing and how they were constructed, and from the literature. She shows that as the cloth preferred by the immigrants shifted from kasuri (tie-dyed fabric from Japan) to palaka (heavy cotton cloth woven in a white plaid pattern on a dark blue background) so too their outlooks shifted from those of foreigners to those of Japanese Americans. Chapters on wedding and funeral attire present a cultural history of the life events at which they were worn, and the examination of work, casual, and children's clothing shows us the social fabric of the issei (first-generation Japanese). Changes that occurred in nisei (second-generation) tradition and clothing are also addressed. The book is illustrated with rare photographs of the period from family collections.

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"Naturally the bright kasuri kimono that Japanese immigrants brought with them didn't last forever, and kimono were not practical for moving among the sugarcane, with its razor sharp edges. So Read more...

 
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