Rain cape

Rice straw is folded and stitched together to construct this cape, which has the functionality and appearance of a thatched roof. The dense layers funnel rain off its surface to keep the wearer dry. People in remote areas of China wear these capes to this day. Notice how bast fibre is used to reinforce the collar.

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This cape has a loop on the collar to hang it – what do you think might hang on the wall next to it?

responded: Apr 7, 2010

Posted by Nobuo

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The garment appears to be a shoulder mino typically used by farmers when working in the fields. There are also mino that are tied around the waist and longer mino (not practical for farm work). Along with the mino rain hats were used and it was probably hung in an area close to farm tools.

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