Traditional Japanese "Maekake" apron to the world and to the future
History of Anything, from its foundation
2000 Founder Kazuhiro Nishimura (at the age of 27) launched a Kanji (Chinese character) T-shirt production company called Anything. He began selling his original T-shirts on the street.
2005He printed his Kanji T-shirt designs on some Maekake which he found by chance, and began selling them.
2007Founder Kazuhiro Nishimura (at the age of 33) met Masato Haga (then 58), a Maekake craftsman working in Toyohashi city, Aichi Prefecture, Japan's only Maekake production site.
2009Anything held a Maekake exhibition in a New York gallery. After Kazuhiro's presentation, all 50 Maekake he had brought to the exhibition immediately sold out.
2011Kazuhiro Nishimura and Masato Haga collaborated to produce the highest quality "Ichi-go MAEKAKE" for the first time in about 40 years.
2012Anything began selling Maekake in New York, and held a month-long solo exhibition at the gallery of the Japan Embassy in New York. TOYOTA MOTOR Corporation certified the looms which Anything uses to make Maekake as Toyota N-model Looms, originally invented by Sakichi Toyota, the founder of TOYOTA.
2014Anything took over the Maekake factory in Toyohashi because the factory had no successor. 3 young craftsmen began making Maekake using traditional techniques.
2015The first Maekake exhibition in London was held. Many shops and restaurants throughout London adopted Anything's Maekake.
2017Anything began selling Maekake in the British Museum.


Maekake are a traditional style of Japanese apron, tied at the hips and worn by craftsmen and the staff of certain shops. Maekake have been favored by workmen since the 15th century Muromachi period. The name maekake comes from mae, meaning front, and the verb kakeru, to hang.

Occasionally, the variant maetare is used, with tare derived from the verb tarasu, to drape or suspend. An essential part of the Japanese workman's uniform, maekake are worn especially among merchants and craftsmen running family businesses, and by workers in independent shops like rice, lumber and liquor stores. The simple design, a thickly woven square of cotton cloth with long straps, displays both the taste and practical wisdom of the garment's original creators.

The maekake is worn by tying the sturdy cloth around the hips and allowing the front square to drape to the ankles. The classic indigo color reflects the Japanese sense of this color as tranquil and assuring. The company or shop's trademark and name are printed prominently on the front, often along with the telephone number or year the company was founded. The apron thus functions both as an advertisement and a symbol of the wearer's pride in his or her work. Over the past several decades, the market has seen a flood of non-Japanese aprons made in China and elsewhere, but even today traditional Japanese maekake are highly valued as part of the working uniform of shopkeepers and craftsmen throughout the country.



The History of a Classic Japanese Garment
The maekake's origins lie in the 15th century, when Muromachi-era fishermen would cut aprons from old sailcloth to tie around waists. The garment's full and formal name is ho-maekake, or sailcloth apron. In Japan, as elsewhere, necessity led to the reuse and refashioning of worn-out materials. The maekake's popularity peaked in the 1950′s and 1960′s. Most maekake were made in Toyohashi city in Aichi prefecture, some 300 kilometers (185 miles) from Tokyo. During the dramatic expansion of Japan's post-war economy, maekake production boomed, and aprons printed with a shop or company name spread among sake breweries, stores selling rice, miso, soy sauce and fertilizers, and food manufacturers across the country.


How to tie MAEKAKE


Rest the apron on the prominent bone at top of your pelvis. Postpartum mothers should instead set it on the pelvis to make the hip joint stable.


Breathe in deeply, then, release your breath lightly. Pull on the belts crossing your back tightly, then, bring them around to the front.


Lace up the belts securely at the front.






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