Kokeshi - Lucky charm


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Kokeshi N° 1

Name : Michiko
Hairstyle: Empress
Kimono: Sakura
Date of creation: 2021

Materials: wood, water paint, acrylic thread
Dimensions: 3,15 inch x 1,58 inch
Particularity: art object, signed and numbered


To collect or to offer as a gift lucky charm. Especially appreciated for baby showers, births and birthdays.

These little dolls are unique and therefore precious. They each have an identity card, they are numbered and signed. They will increase in value over time. You will be amazed by their soft, soothing and joyful presence. They each have their own personality. Be careful, addiction is fast!

Do not forget: Both handmade and hand-sewn imply the appearance of small defects, it is the charm of the hand that has not been replaced by a machine. From then on, it is no longer faults but particularities that make them unique.

Tip: do not expose to direct sunlight and do not get wet as this will destroy the kokeshi. Dust lightly with a cotton cloth and gently put the hairstyle back in place.

Attention please: the exact colors of the kokeshi are those photographed on the white background (with slight variations depending on your screen).


History of the Kokeshi 小芥子 / こけし

The term 'ko' derives from 'ki' (tree) and 'keshi' derives from 'kezuru': to plane, to grate. Small carved and painted wooden dolls, without arms or legs, created in northern Japan in the Tôhoku region which were mainly composed of peasants.
The first kokeshi appeared around 1804-1811, at the end of the Edo era. In winter, the peasants work the wood for everyday objects such as rattles or pacifiers, the Kina Kina, for young children, small rudimentary dolls with moving heads. The kokeshi was born! Then, the peasants become craftsmen and specialize, the work is refined, the colors spring, there is demand because the region is touristic. When we go to the onsen (thermal baths) we bring back a kokeshi as a souvenir… the families of Kijishi (Master-craftsman) evolve over several generations. But it was only after the Second World War and the arrival of Western toys that they became collectors' items.
The great masters are beginning to make their appearances and since 1954, the Japanese Prime Minister has awarded the most prestigious prize to the craftsman who designed the most beautiful Kokeshi creative. This gives him, at the same time, notoriety and strengthens the name of Master.

On May 26, 2021, my passion for this art led me to acquire my very first “Hinagiku” kokeshi, better known as “Princess Daisy” from Madame Maitre Kato Masami. It is the only kokeshi that ex-Emperor Akihito himself will offer to his wife, ex-Empress Michiko. My story with this art object, pledge of love or friendship begins.

In December 2021 I create my first kokeshi. The more I wove, the more I braided, I sanded, I painted, the more the colors fused, the more I felt attracted and soothed during their confections. So, I thought to myself “why not share them and sell them? ".

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