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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Saitama

Chichibu Meisen

Chichibu Meisen

Woven textiles

As for the origin, original in 1908 in the Edo era; "understand; acquired patent in textile printing" technique, and reached the prosperity.

This textile originated in the Edo period, and in 1908, the unique hogushi nassen dyeing technique was patented, and the craft prospered.

Saitama

Kasukabe Kiri Tansu

Kasukabe Paulownia Chests

Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork

Craftsman who gathered to make Toshogu, Nikko in the early period of Edo era settles down in Kasukabe that is post town of Nikko Kaido and is informed tree of drill produced at the outskirts when there is what have begun to make materials and armor-back held-flag and accessory which did by opening.

At the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), craftsmen who had gathered to build the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, took up residence in Kasukabe, an inn town along the old Nikko post road. It is said that these craftsmen were responsible for starting this craft by making cabinets and small articles out of paulownia taken from the surrounding area.

Saitama Tokyo

Edo Kimekomi Ningyo

Edo Art Dolls

Dolls and Kokeshi

Shinto priesthood makes small doll of wooden sculpture with remnants of tree of willow which is materials of wicker box (yanagibako) to be in the middle of the Edo era, and to use for sacred rites in Kamigamo, Kyoto Shrine and touches groove, and maridato is said to be what we catch remaining cloth of clothes of Shinto priesthood there and help put on and touched at the beginning.

In the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868), a priest called Takahashi Tadashige is said to have been very proud of a small wooden doll that he had carved from scraps of willow which were left over from boxes used in a festival at Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto. Then using remnants of fabric from his priest's clothing, he dressed the doll by inserting the ends of the fabric into the wooden torso.

Saitama

Iwatsuki Ningyo

Iwatsuki Ningyo

Dolls and Kokeshi

It is event that the Doll's Festival and the Boy's Festival when are in the latter half of the Edo era are important, and is lively, and it is doll that played a big role there.

These dolls played a large role in the important and lively events of the annual Girl's Day and Boy's Day celebrations in the late Edo period.