KOKESHI Handcraft tradition of Tōhoku

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At the MUDEC – Museo delle Culture of Milan, an exhibition presents for the first time in Italy a large collection of kokeshi, small doll-like wood sculptures that are considered the cultural emblem of the Tōhoku region, in the north-east of Japan.

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As for the most wooden artistic sculptures, even the production of kokeshi begins with the choice and the cutting of the tree. The manufacturing carried out on the lathe by the master craftsman is completed with a painted decoration that differs according to the schools, the era, and the production area.
As Professor Maria Teresa Orsi writes in the presentation of the exhibition, these dolls “simple, hand-colored in a codified but almost infinite variety of formal Continue reading