Kokeshi are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. Usually handmade out of wood, with a simple trunk and enlarged head. Fine features painted on the ornament. These wooden dolls are thought to date back to the early 19th century when woodworkers (kijiya), who were known to be making wooden trays and bowls, then began using their woodwork skills and lathes to make simple dolls to sell as toys and souvenirs. Kokeshi dolls originally represented a wish for a healthy child. But it has also been known that Kokeshis with their round heads and limbless bodies were likely to have been used as massage tools by spa bathers at the onsen (spa).
It is popular to collect Kokeshi dolls, as they are considered as lucky charms and is often thought to have fire-resistant powers. Therefore a Kokeshi dolls is lucky!
Inspired by traditional Kokeshi dolls, these tall Kokeshi cards make great alternative cards and prints.
Each print was printed on the risograph using soy based inks and comes with a brown kraft envelope.
Available in 3 designs: Noriko (yellow), Mako(green) and Nako & son.
Prints are printed on quality FSC certified paper, UK.
Size: 99mm x 420mm
Illustrated by Pui, London Graphic + Product Designer.