The Sanpu Sanyo Apron takes its inspiration from Japan’s maekake, a durable sailcloth apron historically used by 15th-century Japanese tradespeople and artisans. It keeps the traditional canvas front panel and woven wrap-around sanada himo cord belt, but adds pockets for tools, a front slit for easier movement, and hand-dyed tenugui (traditional cotton hand towel) side panels for wiping hands.
"Sanpu" means “three cloths,” with this beige tenugui pattern of three rectangles representing the trio of traditional textiles used to make the aprons. It’s perfect for gardening, cooking or any other activity that needs a little extra protection.
Sanpu Sanyo Aprons come from Kireya, a kimono store with over 100 years history of working with traditional Japanese textile artisans. It also specializes in tenugui design and is an advocate of finding new ways to use the cotton towels.
Sailcloth canvas front, cotton sides Two front panel pockets, front slit Two pockets on each side panel Length39 cm x Width 98 cm Comes wrapped in tatoushi — washi paper traditionally used to protect kimono in storage.