"Maneki-neko" or "Lucky cat" has been loved by many Japanese people since the ancient times, as a good luck ornament that brings luck and prosperous business. ⇒ learn more about Maneki-neko
One of the classical Japanese doll manufacturers, Kakinuma Ningyo has created a new world of "Lucky cat" by using a traditional Japanese artisanal doll-making techniques,"Kimekomi" method.
This 10cm tall maneki-neko wears a bright piece of high quality hand-sewn clothing made from “chirimen” crepe fabric, the patterns with traditional and brilliantly colored motif.
The living room is a perfectly suitable setting for it and adapts well to modern life. And of course, they are ideal as gifts for wishing good fortune to friends and family.
Let’s take a closer look!
This almost perfectly round, plump, and happy-looking body exudes an air of adorableness.
Also looks very charming from the side or back. Its round and chubby shape merits attention.
Its upraised paw ushers in good fortune, but its cute design and colorful patterns will also give you something to smile about.
It is in the fine detailed areas like the cat’s nose, mouth, eyes, and tail as well as the matching of fabric patterns that the sensitivity of the artisans comes through.
- wood and cloth dolls using Kimekomi techniques -
‘Kimekomi’ is the method of inserting cloths into the 1-2 mm grooves lines with special tools, traditionally onto a mold wood, in order to dress the dolls.
First, lines are carved into the wooden or wood compound base of the doll. Glue is applied into those grooves, and pieces of fabric carefully selected and cut to match each section are laid over their corresponding section. The edges of the fabric are neatly tucked into the grooves with special skill to ensure no wrinkling of the fabric.
Whereas “Dressed dolls” is put many costumes on its body, "Kimekomi doll” is made from Paulownia wood and molded by Toso Glue (clay). The Kimekomi method makes the doll’s costumes fit snugly around the torso, so the doll has beautiful body silhouette and shows body movement clearly like human being.
The history of Kimekomi-dolls stretch back to mid-Edo Period in the Kyoto Kamigamo Shrine.
It originally started making small doll from the rest of a ritual box "Yanaibako", wood carving material that are used by priest for festival, and the small pieces of priest’s costume.
The name of "Kimekomi" is delivered from the way that the fabric was inserted into slits in the wood, and the name stuck. "Ki" means wood, "Mekomi" refers to the technique that is used to stuck the fabric into the grooves on the doll's body.
Afterwards, clay models (a resin compound made from a mixture of paulownia sawdust and starch) was introduced to Edo and that enabled to from the doll's shape more freely and where the craft became established.
Today, Edo Kimekomi Doll is designated as "Traditional Crafts" by the Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.
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color : white (purity, happiness and relaxation on the color meanings in Feng Shui)
production... made in Japan
material... dress; chirimen (rayon crepe),
body; high-functional resin
weight...... 60 g
size............ H. 10 cm x W. 6,5 cm x D. 5,5 cm
packed in original box... H. 18 x W. 11,5 x D. 11 cm
"Kakinuma Ningyo Co., Ltd." is a factory which handles seasonal doll such as hina-dolls, boy's festival dolls or samurai dolls, using by Edo Kimekomi doll making, founded in 1950. Second generation Toko Kakinuma is Dento Kougeishi (certified Traditional Craftsman) who shines with honor as a creative doll.
The “lucky cat” series born from the thought that “I want to increase the opportunity to adore the Edo Kimekomi doll not only by seasonal dolls but every day.” And now, it become a trend in the world. Kakinuma Ningyo is taking modern approach for Edo Kimekomi doll such as unique combinations of fabrics and new materials such as leather.
On March 2016, Edo Kimekomi Maneki-neko dolls are submitted to German trade show and selected as an Ambiente Trend 2016 product.
Mr. Toko Kakinuma, born in Tokyo in 1948 took over the 2nd generation of the Kakinuma Toko brand. He is Dento Kougeishi (certified Traditional Craftsman), shines with honor as a creative doll.
"Always enjoyed making dolls since childhood, I started to learn under my father, "the first Toko Kakinuma" in 1974, and has been devoting myself to Edo "Kimekomi" doll ever since. Using the techniques such as mother-of-pearl, inlay, coloring nikoromo overlap, I am also working on the new style of dolls and keeps creating the dolls that are out of box and looking at the modern age."
- Traditional craftsman certified by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industory
- Traditional craftsman certified by the Governor of Tokyo