Monday, July 6, 2009

Ainu-design bags


These bags were designed and made by my good wife Yoko. She is a dab hand with a needle, and makes a lot of clothes, curtains etc.


A few years ago she took some classes on Ainu embroidery from a couple of Ainu sisters, Machiko Kato & Sanae Ogawa. The Ainu now live mostly on Hokkaido, and are descended from the Emishi, the original inhabitants of eastern Japan before being driven out by the invading Yamato. A couple of years ago the Japanese government finally admitted that the Ainu exist, and there has been a resurgence of interest among younger Ainu in their traditional culture and language.


Ainu design bears a striking similarity to celtic design sometimes.


Yoko has sold a lot of these bags, each one unique as she doesnt like to repeat a design.


If you are interested in knowing more, or in purchasing any of them, please contact me. They go for approx 50 USD.


  1. simply creative!

  2. Those bags are beautiful! Yoko is very talented!
    Is she herself of Ainu inheritance? Or did she just learn the styles?