Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Edo Oshi-e Hagoita

Edo Oshi-e Hagoita Photo

In praying for the sound health of girls, luxurious things were invented.
Hanetsuki (battledore), a traditional play for New Year, is played with a prayer to safeguard the sound health of people. After the 17th century, a tradition began of presenting Hagoita paddles to girls on their birthdays and the Oshi-e (padded collage) technique developed for making three-dimensional designs with decorations using cotton-padded cloth. Among the general population, Hagoita reproducing scenes from Kabuki plays became popular and beauty was sought in decoration of Hagoita. The inherited traditions use motifs of women in Furisode (longsleeved kimono) and Kabuki actors based on Nichibu (traditional Japanese dance), Japanese paintings, and Kabuki. It is difficult to reproduce scenes from Nichibu and Kabuki and to express their dynamics. Design craftsmen work on their plans after seeing the real dramas being staged. Craftsmen utilize the maximum area of the near-trapezoidal board to express dynamics and create a cubic effect with specific concentration on the look of a human figure’s face. They reflect changing fashions on the dolls’ faces and seek to create beautiful and vivid expressions. Product lines include Hagoiata for wall decorations and desk utilities in various sizes to suit different display locations, and they are very popular as lucky charms for girls’ cerebration of a birth for New Year, and as collectors’ items for Kabuki fans.
Tokyo Hina dolls Manufacturing Association
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