knits by sachi

Japanese paper dolls

on December 30, 2013

Japanese paper dolls

I made these dolls for the New Year’s Day. I am celebrating the holiday with a touch of Japanese.

It is a traditional bookmark dolls called “Shiori” which are made with Japanese printed paper.
You can find making kits at craft shops or online. It is not too complicated and anyone can enjoy this craft.

Aren’t they pretty?

You can use them as bookmarks or stick them to decorate greeting cards. It is a nice idea for a small gift, too.

You can also wrap clam shells with Japanese paper to make 3-D dolls.

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Clams are favoured in Japan especially for weddings, and served with both shells together, the two halves symbolizing the couple. I struggled to find the perfect matches when I made these dolls. No wonder children could have fun playing shell matching game in old days. It is nice not having I-pods and computer games.

We don’t wear Kimonos very often these days, but many of us dress in Kimonos on New Year’s Day. I do not own a set or know how to wear it properly. It takes a practice. But someday, I would like to learn how to wear a kimono.


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