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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Tottori

Yumihama Gasuri

Yumihama Ikat

Woven textiles

In bow ga Hamachi of West Tottori, production of cotton as private use that used sandy area in the latter half of the 17th century began. Production of cotton which was fiber which assumed cotton raw materials in middle part in the 18th century when wholesale dealer of blue beryl which became the cause of dye was established increased.

The cultivation of cotton for home use on the sandy soil in the area of Yumigahama in the western part of Tottori Prefecture started in the latter half of the 17th century. When wholesalers of the indigo balls used for dyeing became established in the middle of the 18th century, cotton production for cloth increased.

Tottori

Inshu Washi

Inshu Paper

Washi Paper

It is written down in "Engi era ceremony" (engishiki) written in the Heian era that Washi Paper was given to the Imperial Court by country of Inaba (Inaba) namely Inaba. It is done with opening as production center afterwards what it is Aoya-cho in the early 17th century, and was made as paper which feudal clan uses more in Sajison in the early 18th century.

The fact that the imperial court was supplied with paper from the province of Inaba (Inshu) is noted in the Engishiki, the Heian period (794-1185) document on official court dealings. By the beginning of the 18th century, the making of Inshu Washi had become centered on two villages and a paper for the exclusive use of the local clan was being produced.

Tottori Shimane

Izumo Ishidoro

Izumo Stone Lanterns

Stonework

Sandstone which volcanic ashes produced in hometown hardened as for the Izumo Ishidoro, and was made was made from the times when it was old as uncut stone.

Izumo Ishidoro have been made for many hundreds of years from a local sandstone that formed from volcanic ash. During the Edo period (1600-1868) Matsudaira Naomasa, the local lord, recognized the value of this craft and placed the stone under a monopoly. The stone was then also used for architectural purposes. Ever since the end of the 19th century, the pieces of stonework for gardens and home have been seen as stone art and are well-known throughout Japan.