I hope I won't bore you out of your minds but here is my story:
Last year I decided to buy a japanese hat...just a simple straw like hat to wear in summer on my digs. I like how they look. I stumbled on ebay were I saw one that I liked and bought it for 45$. I got this :
I saw, as you all can see that its damaged. It was written there that it was an antique..and that it was damaged.I didn't care about that..I just wanted a hat made in Japan that would like very like to what I have seen them wear in the summer. But as I opened the pack I saw this :
I didn't notice the tag on it at first...I can barely distinguish a couple of signs there, but still can't say what they are...my pic quality is also bad, sorry. If anyone has any idea about the age or are of this stuff, I would be delighted. By now, I can say that its a Ajiro gasa, so I did get myself a summer hat ) But I didn't think it was damaged and Not wearable...
I would very much like to have it restored..but I don't have a chance in Romania. I want to wear it! I think I will start to make myself another strap. Does anyone restore hats like this in Europe?
Amina, What you have is a jingasa, but made out of twisted paper string that has then been lacquered. You might be able to fix it with glue and then use very fine cotton and sew the two parts together. Ian B
Thank you Ian! Now that you told me this, I feel more ambitious. I had all kinds of advises from my colleagues, one stating I should dip it in water for a day and see what happens...after that I didn't ask anymore )) I will buy some high quality gauze and soon (next week) visit one of those hobby shops to get me some friendly paper glue and lacquer. Also some good sewing thread...I remember there were those very powerful threads which you couldn't just break by hand.. Now that I'm making all these plans, I'm actually thinking about just having this piece exposed(if I manage it) rather than wearing it...maybe find a good hat master and suggest him something similar
Dip it in water and see what happens? I can tell you now... you will buy a new jingasa and lose a friend probably Dip the jingasa in water you will allow the lacquer fall apart and rot the organic materials. If you wish cleaning it just use a cottom swap a bit wet, almost dry and remove the dirt out carefully, you will be able to keep the patina