Our musings

  • Making of a Pongee

    There are 2 traditional processes to make a Pongee. Technique 1: Yonezawa Tsumugi Kusakizome (natural plant dyeing method) Safflowers are picked ...
  • Pongee

    This week, we explore Yamagata Prefecture 🥳 where our next craft #Oitama #tsumugi (#Pongee) was designated as a traditional craft on 26 Feb 1976. ...
  • Showa Village - where Ramie is made

    Today, we are at Showa Village, the place where ramie textiles (the oldest woven textile in Japan) is made. In our last two posts, we highlighte...
  • The Making of Ramie

    We are exploring how ramie is traditionally made in Japan!   Ramie is made from Karamushi plants. These Karamushi crops are harvested when ne...
  • Ramie - Traditional Japanese Textile

    We bring you on a journey of imagination to see, experience and appreciate the beauty behind every craft we feature in our pieces.   Today, ...
  • Ainu - the indigenous people of Japan

    In our last post, we explored Nibutani-Attus, bark fibres weaved into fabric by the Ainu people. To fully and truly appreciate the craft and the ex...
  • Challenges faced by the Japanese traditional crafts industry

    The effort to preserve traditional crafts in Japan⛩ has met with increasing challenges due to the changing socio-economic landscape. Looking back h...
  • Nibutani-Attus (bark fiber fabric)

    Today, we are at Nibutani 二風谷, a district located in the town of Biratori in Hokkaido, Japan to explore the crafts created by Ainu people - the ind...
  • Categorising Japanese Traditional Crafts

    There are a total of 235 crafts designated as traditional crafts by METI. These traditional crafts have been categorised into 15 categories as bel...
  • What are "traditional" crafts?

    What does 'traditional' mean? The Japanese government has list 5 criteria for crafts to be listed as 'traditional'.
  • The Samurai さむらい

    Our Kokeshi series would not be complete without Samurai さむらい. Samurai warriors' origins can be traced to the native Emishi people in the Tohoku ...
  • Kokeshi Master: Hiroyuki Okamoto

    He is the third generation of Usaburo Kokeshi artisans, creating his own line of kokeshi - Kokechi. Along with his older brother, they are doing th...