Category Archives: Japan

Kokeshi Matches

KokeshiMatchesIf you’ve been following Cari Mateo for awhile, you know that we have a deep respect and fascination for Japanese art and culture. Stumbled on to this collection of matchsticks designed by Japanese artist, Hiromi Hirasaka, and knew we had to post it. The artist began by drawing match faces by hand then decided to hand stamp the faces for mass production. Would love to get some of these Kokeshi Matches but unfortunately like many Japanese products they are available only in Japan.

Images: Courtesy of Hiromi Hirasaka.

Yumi Okita

Yumi-OkitaThese stunning moth and butterfly sculptures are the creations of Japanese textile artist, Yumi Okita. The North Carolina-based designer creates these large pieces using different materials – cotton, feather, faux fur, embroidery thread and painted fabric. The pieces are sold here in her Etsy shop, which is currently showing a sculpted poppy that may be the start of a botanical series. Anxious to see her impending creations.

Images: Courtesy of Yumi Okita.

Munieru

MunieruIn awe of the skill when I think that these leather talismans are handmade. Found them at the Japanese online handmade market, Iishi. The leather miniature mascots are hand dyed and hand sewn and can be attached to your bag or pouch. The items are sold under the brand name, Munieru, and can be purchased here at Iishi.

Images: Courtesy of Munieru.