Wooden Carved Shoe Horn

A wooden shoe horn featuring carvings rooted in Ainu heritage, produced by artisans in Nibutani, Hokkaido.

£45 per item

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This wooden shoe horn is produced at the Biratori Ainu Crafts and Heritage Center, also known as Urespa (ウレㇱパ, the Ainu word for ‘each other’). The centre opened in Nibutani, Hokkaido, in April 2019 to promote Ainu heritage crafts to visitors from both Japan and overseas.

From time to time, visitors to Urespa can watch leading artisans producing their intricate works and training young apprentices. The facility offers state-of-the-art equipment, including laser processing and UV printing. To share Ainu culture with visitors, the centre also offers a range of Ainu craft items, including nibutani-ita (an intricately carved wooden tray) as well as newly developed products.

Individual pieces vary in colour and size as each piece is handmade.

Size: Length 10cm x Width 3.2cm x Depth 0.8cm

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