When you visit the newly expanded Portland Japanese Garden, you'll notice garden staff and volunteers all wearing Japanese happi coats. These traditional cotton coats, are boxy handsome numbers with three-quarter length sleeves, historically worn to festivals, often with a family crest on the back. Here at PGF, we were excited to learn about this celebrated garment while making the new happi coats for the Portland Japanese Garden (images above!). A hearty thank you to the staff and volunteers who let us snap a few pics of the happi coats in action!
A few images below survey the happi coat from traditional portraits, to the 1966 arrival of The Beatles in Japan.
And here's a look at the happi coats being made at PGF:
Stacking the fabric and laying the pattern for the happi coats
After the fabric has been cut, the happi coats are ready to be sent to the screen printer
Nghien sewing the coats
An sewing the neck band onto the coats