Bozugappa ('priest cape' ) were adapted from capes worn by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. They were originally worn by samurai but in the 19th century became common wear for travellers. It's handstitched from quite heavy cotton and a kasuri (ikat) cotton lining with a layer of oiled paper in between for waterproofing. It secures at the collar with four bone toggles. There is one small stain and one small hole. Approximately 85cm long. This is from around the middle of the 19th century - maybe a little earlier or later. This is definitely one for a collector or someone with a unique sense of fashion!
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