Dark wooden tabi maker's lasts with flat asymmetrical soles and defined toes.Japan, 1932P83.188ab
Dark wooden tabi maker's lasts with flat asymmetrical soles and defined toes.
Japan, 1932
P83.188ab

Footwear Production

Footwear was traditionally made by family members, but in the 18th century, special craftsmen began to take on the making of geta, tabi and zori. Beginning in 1868, the Crown Prince Mutsuhito, who took the reign name of Meiji, laid the foundations for a westernized industrial economy. At first, geta and tabi lent themselves well to mass-production but eventually the adoption of Western dress slowly displaced traditional dress and footwear altogether. Today, traditional dress continues to be used for the performance arts, religious ceremonies, and special occasions.