A usual thimble looks like a cup, worn on the top of a finger and used to push a needle when sewing. A Japanese thimble looks like a ring. It is worn usually on the middle knuckle of the middle finger of a working hand. At first, it was just a strip of leather or […]
Category: Japanese Handicraft
Temari is a traditional toy for girls from rich Japanese families. As many other useful things this one came from China in about 7th century. At first, it was a leather ball for playing with feet. Intended for boys and men. However, women got jealous and made their own version of the ball from old […]
Kogin – what is this?
Although my main love is still micro macramé, I am interested in other handicrafts. Especially Japanese as me appeals their fine and delicate attitude to what they do. “Kogin” embroidery is traditional for Japanese northern farmlands. Its history goes back to Edo time (1603-1867). Strict rules forbade peasants to wear fine cotton clothes and decorate […]