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Cane field workers
Cane field workers

Plantation field workers, Pu'unene, Maui, Hawaii, ca. 1912.
"Work clothes had to protect field laborers against the sun and rain, the sharp leaves of the sugarcane, and stinging insects such as the centipedes, scorpions, and yellow jackets that made their homes in the fields....The women often wore blouses made of Japanese cotton ikat, which was widely used in their home prefectures. Skirts were made of woven striped cotton, which was also imported, and there was usually an apron made of ahina [denim] for additional protection. Men and women wore tekko to cover their hands, tabi for their feet, and kyahan to wrap around their legs."
A Pictorial History of the Japanese in Hawai'i
Ray Jerome Baker
Courtesy of Bishop Museum

ca. 1912