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Geta Did you know?

What is it?
Geta
What is it made of?
Wood/Lacquer/Velvet
Where is it from?
Japan
When was it made?
pre-1952
Object ID
AB 1076
Description

This pair of wooden geta, or sandals, are stained with a red-brown color and feature a carved grain design called "kamakura-bori." Kamakura-bori is a style of wood carving in which the artist first carves an image, then coats it in colored lacquer and polishes it. The polishing can reveal other colors within the lacquer. The patterns in this pair of geta are mirror images, featuring one large flower with a leaf and some other geometric textures. The straps are black velvet replacements for older gray and red straps.

Geta are a form of traditional Japanese footwear that resembles both clogs and flip-flops. They are a kind of sandal with an elevated wooden base held onto the foot with a fabric thong to keep the foot well above the ground. They are worn with traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono or yukata, and also with Western clothing during the summer. Sometimes geta are worn in rain or snow to keep the feet dry due to their extra height compared to other footwear, such as zori (flat, thonged footwear).  

Credit
Donated by Miss Marion O. Little, 1952
AB 1076 Geta