Japanese Fireman's Hanten
Heavy weight, densely stitched indigo dyed cotton. Tsutsugaki dyed cloth. Indigo background with red and white design on the reverse. Horizontal bands wrap around bottom of coat. Similar to reference work "Sumi Collection Hanten and Happi" coats (p.25). Used by firemen in late 19th century Japan to extinguish blazes.
Early to mid 1900s