Friday, September 26, 2014

Kokeshi Paper Dolls Are Coming - by Papermau - Download Soon!


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Classic Kokeshi Dolls
According to Wikipedia, Kokeshi are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist. The origin and naming of kokeshi is unclear, with historical ateji spellings including 小芥子, 木牌子, 木形子, and 木芥子. The hiragana spelling こけし was agreed on at the All-Japan Kokeshi Exhibition (全国こけし大会) at Naruko Onsen in August 1939. A plausible theory is that "kokeshi" is derived from wooden (木 ki, ko?) or small (小 ko?), and dolls (芥子 keshi?). Kokeshi were first produced by kijishi (木地師), artisans proficient with a potter's wheel, at the Shinchi Shuraku, near the Tōgatta Onsen in Zaō from where kokeshi making techniques spread to other spa areas in the Tōhoku Region. It is said that these dolls were originally made during the middle of the Edo period (1600–1868) to be sold to people who were visiting the hot springs in the north-east of the country.


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A Modern Kokeshi Doll
De acordo com a Wikipedia, Kokeshi são bonecas japonesas, originárias do norte do país. Elas são manufaturadas em madeira, possuindo um tronco simples e uma grande cabeça, pintadas com finas linhas para delinear o rosto. Seu corpo tem desenhos florais, pintados sobre fundo vermelho, preto, e algumas vezes amarelo, envernizadas por uma camada de cera. Uma marcante característica das Kokeshi é a ausência de braços e pernas. Na parte inferior é marcada com a assinatura do artista. As Kokeshi foram produzidas inicialmente pelos Kiji-shi (artesãos da madeira), em Shinchi, em Tagata (Miyagi), de onde a técnica se espalhou para outras áreas das estâncias termais da região de Tohoku. Diz-se que estas bonecas foram feitas originalmente em meados do período Edo (entre 1600-1868) para serem vendidas como souvenires aos visitantes das fontes termais do nordeste do Japão.


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