Among the many objects that testify to the rich history of Japan are the clothes. The Japanese have worn various traditional clothes for centuries and many of these clothes are still worn today. We can really see that the Japanese people preserve and cherish their history and traditions. Among these traditional Japanese clothes, there is a jacket known as the hanten.
THE TRADITIONAL JAPANESE CLOTHING: THE HANTEN
The shape of the hanten is similar to that of the haori. While some traditional garments could only be worn by one gender, the hanten can be worn by both men and women. The facing and lining of this type of traditional coat are padded with a very thick layer of cotton fleece.
The purpose of this layer is to provide warmth to the body of the wearer. This is why it is best to wear the Japanese hanten in cold weather. Black sateen is used to create the collar of the coat. In addition, it is common for the Japanese jacket to be decorated with the family crest of a clan or other motifs.
This type of winter coat is also usually worn over a kimono, you can find some on our store too! During the latter part of the Edo period, the Japanese hanten became an everyday garment for the people. Due to the increasing popularity of wearing hanten, some Japanese tend to forget that it is actually a traditional garment of the land of the rising sun. However, there is nothing to stop you from staying contemporary by wearing it over a shirt, blouse or t-shirt.
Adults are not the only ones to wear it, young children too. It is typical for children to have a hanten designed with kawaii printed patterns. For children, the hanten is designed with brightly colored fabrics to make the garment look flashy. They are also designed to provide enough warmth to the body in winter. Some children even wear their hanten over their pajamas before going to sleep because the coat is more comfortable.
The cotton fibers retain moisture in the air, which helps to keep the fabric warm, which is then transferred to the body. If the volume of the inner cotton of the hanten seems to decrease, a good way to bring it back to normal is to dry it in the sun. The heat from the sun would shrink the cotton fiber instead of stretching it. This reaction is somewhat similar to that of a futon.
The hanten also plays a role in representing the many seasons of the land of the rising sun and how the Japanese cope with these seasonal changes. In addition, it also shows how the Japanese value convenience and use of a product while incorporating their love of art into their clothing.
The sleeves are deliberately shorter so as not to interfere with the work of the hands. Very warm and comfortable. Padded with a thick cotton (70%) and polyester (30%) wadding, this is the perfect winter outfit. All our hantens are made in Japan! Don't wait any longer, and dare the hanten!
➜ For a slightly more streetwear look don't hesitate to discover our Sukajan, Japanese souvenir jackets.