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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Nagano

Shinshu Uchihamono

Shinshu Forged Blades

Metalworking product

At the time of Kawanakajima battle happened in the late 16th century, it is said to be opening that we go back and forth in this district, and people of village learned technique of Kaji from craftsman of the making of knife which we repaired of arms, swords.

The origins of forged blades in this area go back to the second half of the 16th century, to the time of the Kawanakajima battles. It was at this time that swordsmiths and others making and repairing weapons moved into the area and the local people learned forging skills.

Miyagi

Miyagi Dento Kokeshi

Miyagi Kokeshi Dolls

Dolls and Kokeshi

After the middle of Edo era, it is informed that we were born as hot spring souvenir of the Tohoku district.

It is said that these dolls were made to sell to people visiting the hot springs in the north east of the country from the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868). Five kinds of traditional dolls are produced in Miyagi Prefecture itself, namely naruko kokeshi, sakunami kokeshi, toogatta kokeshi, yajiro kokeshi, and hijiori kokeshi.

Okinawa

Yomitanzan Minsa

Yuntanza Minsaa

Woven textiles

Opening is product which influence of southern country is strong in in Yomitanzan Hanaori and the same period. Production had been cut off at one time, but it was revived by the elderly who knew old days well.

The weaving of this cloth started about the same time as the Yomitanzan Hanaori Fabrics and is similarly characterized by its tropical feel and motifs. Production ceased for a time but was revived by elderly people who knew the techniques involved.

Okinawa

Yaeyama Minsa

Yaeyama Minsaa

Woven textiles

Because we come from Afghanistan through Chugoku, and, in the early 16th century of the King prefecture era, use of cotton cloth (mincer) is written down,

There are records confirming that a cotton cloth or minsaa which had originated in Afghanistan and had been brought to the Ryukyus from China was in use at the beginning of the 16th century at the Ryukyu court. It seems fairly certain, therefore, that minsaa was already being woven in the Yaeyama area about this time. The name minsaa is derived from min meaning cotton and saa meaning narrow band.

Kanagawa

Odawara Shikki

Odawara Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

It is in the middle of the Muromachi era, and it is said to be opening to have painted container of turnery made using abundant wood of Mount Hakone origin with lacquer.

The earliest examples of this ware were pieces of lacquered turned goods made from the plentiful supplies of wood available from the mountains around Hakone in the Muromachi period (1333-1568).

Okinawa

Kijoka No Bashofu

Kijoka Banana Fiber Cloth

Woven textiles

It is thought that abaca cloth has been already made in the about thirteenth century, but it becomes in the early modern times to have spread out among people and is after.

It seems that banana fiber cloth was already being made around the 13th century but it was much later that it became popular. In the old days banana trees were planted in gardens and fields, and the womenfolk of a family wove it into fabric for home use. Silk and cotton became much more readily available during the 19th century but people still enjoyed wearing banana fiber cloth. Kijoka no Bashofu, which carries on these traditions, was designated as a cultural property by the Prefecture in 1972 and two years later in 1974 it was made an important intangible cultural property by the nation.

Ishikawa

Ushikubi Tsumugi

Ushikubi Pongee

Woven textiles

The name of Ushikubi Tsumugi comes from the place name of Ushikubi-mura (current Shiramine-mura, Ishikawa) of the foot of Hakusan which is the straight production center. When defeated soldier Ohata of Genji which lost in revolt of terminal Heiji in the Heian era flees into Ushikubi-mura and held Yamashiro, we are informed by place that tell women of village the skill so that wives of Ohata who went together weave plane (hata) because it was superior when it began. Description of "mo*so" of the early period of Edo era is beginning by documents. Is said that was sold to the whole country widely late in the Edo era; around 1935 of production peaked.

Ushikubi Tsumugi is named after a village called Ushikubi, which lies at the foot of Mount Hakuzan, where this fabric is produced. This village is now called Shiramineson and is in present-day Ishikawa Prefecture.

Kyoto

Kyo Yuzen

Kyoto Yuzen Dyeing

Dyed Textiles

Dyeing technique reaches from the eighth century, and it is informed that freehand drawing yuzen was established in the Edo era by eshikyusakitomozen* of Kyoto. Popular kyusakitomozen* adopted one's style of painting in design as Ougi illustrator, and "Yuzen process" was born in field of design dyeing in what we made use of.

Although dyeing techniques had existed since the 8th century, it is said that the yuzen technique of painting dye directly onto cloth was established by Miyazaki Yuzensai, a popular fan painter living in Kyoto toward the end of the 17th century. He introduced his own style of painting as a way of rendering pattern and this led to the birth of this handpainted dyeing technique.

Chiba

Boshu Uchiwa

Boshu Rigid Fans

Other Crafts

It is the Edo era that the making of round fan began in Kanto. Awa was production center of bamboo which became materials of round fan in those days. The making of round fan in Awa was said to be from about 1877 and seemed to be produced as big product of Awa-gun in 1884 (Meiji 17).

The making of rigid fans in the Kanto area centered on Edo (Tokyo), began sometime during the Edo period (1600-1868), when the nearby province of Boshu was producing quantities of bamboo for fans. The actual making of what has come to be known as the Boshu rigid fan, however, started sometime toward the end of the 1870s and by 1884, these fans were the biggest selling item produced in the area's Awa county.