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 maekake is dyed in a traditional Japanese indigo color, which is fade-resistant. Emblazoned with a print of a maneki neko from a 19th century advert, it’s an endearing design that embodies the charm of Japanese art.
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.
- Product code: 17223NV
- Size: 26” x 18½” (67cm x 47cm), strap 102” (260cm), suitable for waist sizes up to 37” (95cm).
- Handwash separately in cold water.