Fundoshi by Robert Stadler Re-design of the traditional japanese underwear / 2002 Re-interpretation of the traditional Japanese masculine undergarment. The tie, an item of clothing once used to protect the neck of western man, has now become a pure ornamental accessory. From a simple geometry, like the Fundoshi, it takes its shape as a result of a knot. Here the symbol of the respectable man has slid down to below the belt where it continues its functional and symbolic roles.
A RARE BOXWOOD MODEL OF A HARIKATA, LATE 19TH CENTURY of flattened form, one side showing the back of a man wearing a fundoshi, the other showing a woman wearing a koshimaki, each seated on a hibachi which shows traces of black lacquer, unsigned