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Catalog Number 2005.025
Description Topaz Japanese Internment Camp Peacoat, c. 1942-1945. This pea coat is a Black Navy-style wool pea coat. Worn by donor's father in Topaz, Utah during internment winters. It is made of blue woolen cloth with a collar, blue plastic buttons stitched on to the left hand side of the coat, two medium sized pockets on the left and right side of the coat, and two long sleeves. The blue plastic buttons are round in shape and fit into the small sized holes at the top of the collar and on the right hand side of the coat. There is stitching along the edges of the end of the sleeves, around the collar, in the middle of the coat in between the second and third button, and around the cover border of the pocket on each side. Inside each cover of the pocket, there is a black velvet material that stitched around the inside of the cover border of the pocket. Inside the back of the pea coat, stitched in black on a white cloth fabric, the text reads "S. Kawakita".
Object Name Jacket, Pea
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Topaz Japanese Internment Camp Peacoat, c. 1942-1945
Date c. 1942-1945
Creator Unknown
Role Seamstress
Inscription Text S. Kawakita (stitched in black on a white cloth fabric in the back of the inside of the peacoat)
Provenance Worn by donor's father in Topaz, Utah during internment winters
Notes "When you hear "Peacoat", you automatically picture a blue, hip length ,double-breasted coat made of coarse wool. Pea coats were originally worn by sailors and fisherman. The name "pea" comes from a Dutch word "pij" which means a rough, woolen material so pea coat is a jacket made of "pij".

These sturdy jackets have been standard naval issue since the 1700s and are still worn by sailors in many countries including U.S. Navy personnel." [http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-did-the-peacoat-get-its-name-UncleSamsDEALS-/10000000001726910/g.html-12/15/2016]

"Japanese Americans were only issued standard military peacoats. Anything else, such as good shoes or warm clothes, had to be purchased from Sears or Wards via catalog". [https://books.google.com/books?id=ZpG-AwAAQBAJ&pg=PT99&lpg=PT99&dq=peacoats+japanese+during+internment+camps&source=bl&ots=g8lwx-e3KA&sig=AYxU-IEAlultxGfK-fu4JVj4WmE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiN0r3MqPfQAhVdHGMKHSI5A-oQ6AEIRTAI#v=onepage&q=peacoats%20japanese%20during%20internment%20camps&f=false-12/15/2016]

Dimensions H-31 W-34 D-0.25 inches
Search Terms Japanese
Japanese - World War II
Japanese Americans - Internment
Japanese Americans - Topaz
Japanese Internment
Kawakita, Sahyoye
World War II
World War Two
Wwii
Subjects Clothing & dress
Coats
Japanese internment
World War II
People Kawakita, Sahyoye