antique japanese bozugappa cape
the heritage project 2023
The Bozugappa cape finds its roots in adaptations of capes worn by Portuguese missionaries during their 16th-century visits to Japan. This unique piece boasts intricate construction, featuring multiple layers, including a protective paper interfacing layer, shielding the wearer from wind and rain.
Meticulously assembled from 18 individual panels, stripes are thoughtfully matched to form its graceful, circular flare. It is elegantly finished with bound edges and corded toggle buttons for closure.
As a cherished antique, it is best suited for display, making a stunning framed or mounted artwork, or part of a carefully styled vignette. Considering its age, history of use and fragile condition, you should only wear this cape in your dreams...