Tobi trousers

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Tobitrousers or tobipants are a type of baggy pants used as a common uniform of tobi shokunin  [ ja ], construction workers in Japan who work on high places (such as scaffolding and skyscrapers). [1] The pants are baggy to a point below the knees, abruptly narrowing at the calves so as to be put into the footwear: high boots or jika-tabi ( tabi -style boots).[ citation needed ]

According to a spokesperson for Toraichi , a major manufacturer of worker's clothes of this style, the style was developed from knickerbockers which were part of Japanese military uniform during World War II. The regular knickerbocker-style pants are called "nikka zubon" ("zubon" meaning "trousers" and "nikka" or "nikka-bokka", a gairaigo transformation of the word "knickerbockers"). The excessively widened ones are called chocho zubon. [2] This style has also entered popular fashion, [3] as evidenced by the emergence of toramani ("Toraichi maniacs"), die-hard fans of Toraichi trousers. [1]

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