The Daruma doll is a centuries-old Japanese traditional wishing doll that helps people to achieve their dreams and goals. Millions of people in Japan regard it as a talisman of good luck and perseverance, making it a poplar gift of encouragement.
Kimekomi dolls was originated at Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto about 270 years ago. These dolls were made from the blessed wood of the shrine's willow trees. Word of this craft was spread to Edo some time after, which has led to the development of Edo kimekomi dolls that gathered a widespread popularity in the capital. Kimekomi is a technique where a pattern is drawn and then cut onto a surface, such as a soft wood or clay. Fabric is then placed over the pattern and tucked into the cuts. When craftsmen use these techniques, they often use vintage kimono's fabric for this process.
Kimekomi was developed in the 18th century in Japan as a doll making technique. Kimekomi literally means “to tuck into a groove”. The technique has been passed down through the generations and somewhere along the way someone started making kimekomi balls.
The current president of Isshu, Yasuko's father, Bennosuke Kimura, became independent in 1948 after training in the "Mataro doll," the only orthodox folklore of the Kimekomi technique. After moving to Adachi Ward, Tokyo in 1955 and becoming a corporation in 1972, Yasuko also began to participate in doll making in earnest before and after. 35,000 Isshu dolls are made per year.
Dimension: Doll about 8 x 7 x 8 cm Display wooden Plate 11 x 10 x 1.5 cm Box 12 x 11 x 9.5 cm