Japanese traditional crafts
In Japan's long history, we call tools and daily necessities closely related to our lives traditional crafts. Textiles or dyed fabrics used in everyday clothes or best clothes, ceramics, ironware, knives for making tableware and cooking utensils, Buddhist altar / Buddhist priests dedicated to their ancestors at home, brushes, ink stones and paper used for business and studies, ... and lanterns and Japanese Umbrellas, festival dolls etc., were indispensable to the life of the Japanese before westernization.
There are "traditional crafts" decided by the Ministry of National Organization and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Craftworks that satisfy conditions such as "It is made by traditional raw materials and techniques, has a history of over 100 years in close contact with the lives of the Japanese and is involved in the manufacture of the crafts in certain areas" are designated. Craftsmen with high technical skills are recognized as "traditional craftsmen." As of 2017, 230 craft items are designated.
Traditional craftworks are made in all 47 prefectures, and raw materials and techniques differ depending on the area, so the same fabrics and dyed fabrics have their own characteristics. For example, Oshima Tsumugi of Kagoshima is woven with mud dyed thread, so it has a rough and cool texture, and Kyo Yuzen of Kyoto dyes fabrics with light color tones, so it looks elegant, and so on. It is a small country, but the climate, customs and culture are slightly different, so subtle differences are born. The same thing can be said with regard to ceramics, etc.
Many of the crafts are hand-made, so they are more valuable than those made in mass production. However, colors and patterns are subtly different, and there is no such thing as exactly the same. Also, the modern design of crafts that matches the style of fusion of western and Asian is created by craftsmen's efforts. At "Traditional Craft Aoyama Square" located in Minato-ku, Tokyo, you can see and buy traditional craft items from all over the country. Please feel the "beauty" of the crafts that were born in various places and that people living there have nurtured.
Remember traditional marks that prove traditional crafts, for your information in shopping.