At the end of World War II, as service men and women were gearing up to go back state-side, they wanted mementos to take back for themselves and their closest relatives. Using their clothes as a receptacle, the Souvenir Jacket originated. Forces issued official jackets and shirts were brought to Japanese tailors and craftsmen to be decorated and embroidered with different text and imagery.
This practice hails from Yokosuka, located in the Greater Tokyo area. However, it quickly became popularized and soldiers began bringing personal items of clothing for modification or ornamentation. Varsity jackets were a popular item for customization, and have become the staple base for Japanese Souvenir Jackets.
As this custom spread throughout American bases and Japan, Japanese craftsmen began producing their own detailed renditions of these jackets. The materials, colors and designs all began to evolve and change and the reversible option became popular. This is the shortened and simplified tale of the origins of the Sukajyan.
These wearable pieces of history are still in demand and are sought after by collectors and fashion enthusiasts alike. They are highly personalized garments, with bold colors and intricate embroidery all sanctioned by the original owner.
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