東京. [Tokyo]. 婦人之友社. [Fujin no tomosha]. 大正8 . Stock ID #170242
Colour illustrated poster showing 1919 boys and girl's fashions, folds as issued, 63.5 x 48cm. This enchanting chart with children's Western fashion was issued as a New Year supplement for "Fujin no tomo" (Women's Companion) magazine in 1919. The magazine was founded by Motoko Hani in 1903 and is still published monthly. Hani, the very first female journalist in Japan, advocated a rational home management system and the usefulness of keeping household account books. She was a founder of Jiyu Gakuen, liberal primary and secondary private schools in Tokyo, which were established in 1921. Her mission of rationalising housework and household finances was advocated to the magazine's readers.
Children's Western clothes became more widely available in the early 20th century in Japan and this chart shows/demonstrates how to dress children for all four seasons. It advocates that dressing in layers of easy-to-maintain material, such as flannel and cotton, is much more economical than buying heavy woollen coats. The full range of clothing from underwear to coats is illustrated. The chart also provides an interesting insight into Japanese children's fashion around that time as the boys are mainly dressed in sailor suits and hats. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 170242).
Price: $500.00 AU