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Pair of Pattens

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1973A1120
Collection:Ethnography - Asia
Date:1875 - 1925


Pattens were worn to raise the walker above muddy or wet ground. They are worn with Japanese socks, or tabi, which have with one socket for the big toe. The socks are white for women and black and sometimes white for men. Japanese footwear has been designed so that it is easy to slip off, necessary in the country where footwear is removed before entering a house.

Presented by the Birmingham University Medical School.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century or 20th century
Place of Origin:Japan


Height:212 mm
Width:82 mm
Depth:100 mm