Why We Love It
Beloved by Japanese shopkeepers and merchants since the Edo period, maekake are more than just your regular kitchen apron.
This maekake Japanese apron is traditionally woven on a 100-year old loom by skilled craftsmen in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. Using a highly specialized weaving method developed by one of the few remaining traditional makers of Japanese aprons, the 100% cotton canvas fabric is extremely durable yet comfortable. The thicker, higher grade canvas reproduces the quality and longevity of handmade maekake from Edo period when they could be passed from generation to generation.
This maekake features practical two large front pockets, reinforced with rivets, and is dyed by craftsmen in a traditional, fade resistant Japanese indigo blue.
The maekake apron is also tied with an iconic red and white belt for easy fastening and wraps around to fit the shape of each wearer. It helps support your lower back whether you are working in the kitchen, the workshop or the outdoors.
How to Use Your Maekake
To wear a maekake in the traditional apron style, rest the apron at the top of your hips. Cross the belt firmly around the back before bringing the ends forward and fastening firmly at the front. The lower back support provided by the maekake is said to not only help prevent back problems, but also provide extra energy during work.
Maekake can also be used to protect clothing when carrying items. Traditionally merchants would drape maekake on their shoulders to provide protection when carrying heavy bags of rice or grain.
Whilst not fireproof, the thick woven fabric can also provide some protection from heat and during activities such as gardening, and are often utilised by potters and other craftsmen.
- Japanese Maekake Apron, handmade in Japan
- 100% cotton canvas.
- Adjustable waist ties.
- 2 pockets.
- Product code: 17167NV
- Size: 26” x 18½” (67cm x 47cm), strap 102” (260cm), suitable for waist sizes up to 37” (95cm).
- Handwash separately in cold water.
I bought an apron to wear in the shop maybe 20 years ago. Did not like it all but I’m the one to use what I buy whether it works for me or not. My old apron was wearing out so I wanted something to replace it, but one that I liked putting on in the morning. Well I found it with the Maekake with pockets here. I cinch it up nice and tight in the morning and this feeling of serene power comes over me. Can’t put my finger on why, I just accept it as intrinsic to the apron. This should be the last apron I need to have. The pockets are just a wonderful addition to sink your hands into. I do have another tool carrying item I wear under it but it’s facing the rear of me. I bought an extra one to give to my brother when I visit him in the Spring.