We collected vintage Japanese Maekake aprons when we were making our Maekake jeans.
We discontinued Maekake jeans now. However, we still have a few more Maekake aprons we want to hand to those who love them.
You can wear, display or make something out from them like we did jeans and bucket hats.
Most of these are coming from antique markets in Japan.
Please understand that they are vintage condition, discolored, stained, holes, torn. These abrasions are part of the characters.
Faded Blue- Approx. WxL 18"x 22"+1" frayed fringe. Writings say "Quality products shop MARUGEN"
Mid Blue-Approx. WxL 18"x 20"+1" frayed fringe. Writings say "TOKUSHIMA SEIKA" in Tokushima city wholesale market. (TOKU SHIMA SEIKA, means Tokushima vegetable & fruits shop)
Maekake is traditional Japanese apron evolved from that worn by manual laborers, and today is popular with artists and craftspeople.
Maekake are made with thick, woven cotton canvas, which protect the wearer from physical injury and heat-related accidents, as well as keeping their clothes clean.The use of maekake as Japanese work aprons date back to the 16th century, in Edo Japan. Rice farmers, sake and soy sauce breweries, and miso paste makers, among other professionals, would wear maekake adorned with their shop logo as a means to advertise their business.