Japnese Craft

 

Even a decade ago there was more handcraft activity in Japan than in any other developed country. Today, the Japanese economy is very different than it was ten years ago. How long Japan will hold its traditional handicraft activity is a matter that can’t be visualized . Authentic Japanese crafts include many objects. Some of the Japanese crafts are discussed below:

* The making of carbon steel for blade tools
* The production of a great variety of fine papers- the Japanese art of making paper from the mulberry plant is thought to have begun in the sixth century A.D. Dyeing paper with a wide variety of colors and decorating it with designs, as gold-decorated papers has become a major attraction,
* The development of shibori- a wide range of shaped-resist textile dyeing techniques, and so on.

Among the entire Japanese crafts Japanese textile is most popular one. There are four main fibers used in Japanese textiles:

* Hemp,
* Ramie,
* Cotton, and
* Silk.


Not only the textile but also other crafts has developed and refined its own distinctive characteristics, which reflects geographic and historic conditions of Japan. Traditional Japanese crafts have been continuously mended by the artisans of today.The try to incorporate modern ideas and production methods into their work. Each Japanese craft demands a set of specialized skills.

There are many traditional handicrafts which involve fiber arts. One of them is the ancient craft of Temari. Temari in Japanese means hand ball. Japanese Temari is a folk craft which born in ancient Japan from the desire to divert and entertain children with a toy hand ball. Today, these Temari balls are given as tokens of good luck and they are displayed and enjoyed as works of art and craft


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