Clay Whistle - Lark
This clay whistle is a modern example of a fading Japanese folk art from Saga Prefecture. Made from special local clay and sporting a humorous expression, they let out a simple and soothing tone that is said to remind one of home. Choose your favorite pigeon, magpie, or lark and make a new friend.
Please note: These whistles are handmade and may not be exactly as pictured. Likewise, the larger sizes produce a lower tone and no two will be pitched exactly the same. These do not function as bird calls.
About Ozaki Dolls
Ozaki Dolls are made in the Osaki district in Kanzaki, Saga Prefecture, and are a folk art with a history dating back over 700 years. These earthenware figurines are shaped from local clay and formed into a whistle before being dried and fired in handmade kilns. Finally, they are brightly colored with iwa enogu (Japanese mineral pigment).
Dimensions: 1.57" W x 3.15" D x 1.57" H
Care: Rinse sparingly with warm water. Do not leave submerged
These small and squeezable plushies are made from the same safe and soft materials as Kontex’s towels. Each friend sports a blissful expression and flattering striped shirt slow-woven from organic cotton. These toys are perfect for young children and will make a friend for life.
Since 1934, Kontex has been crafting high-quality towels in Imabari, Japan. The secret to Kontex' softness is in the manufacturing process. Each towel is made from fine, garment quality thread that’s loosely twisted for the highest level of softness. Such threads would break on modern weaving machines, thus Kontex towels are gently woven on traditional, low-speed machines to maintain the integrity of the thread and achieve a level of softness that modern machines cannot produce.
Materials: Outer - 100% Organic Cotton; Fill - 100% Polyester
Dimensions: 5.9" H x 2.36" W
Care: Machine wash with like colors in warm water (40℃) inside a mesh bag. Do not use bleach.
MT Washi Tape - Grid
From sealing a lunch bag to wrapping a special gift, the world of washi tape is a playground for the creative mind. Washi tape is made from translucent Japanese rice paper and comes in an endless spectrum of colors and patterns. It features a gentle adhesive, making it easy to stick on and tear off without damaging any surfaces. Its soft, tactile texture and colorful prints are perfect for craft projects- use it to customize and decorate notebooks, letters, labels, packages, and even your walls!
About MT Washi Tape
Washi tape was invented by MT, a 100-year-old company specializing in paper adhesives. In 2006, the company received notice that three women in Tokyo had been using their utility tapes to make beautiful craft projects. Inspired by their creativity, MT invited the women to tour the factory and began developing an entirely new type of colorful, adaptable tape that could be used for creative projects. Today, washi tape comes in thousands of colors, prints, and designs, and has a cult following among crafters and stationery aficionados throughout the world.
Materials: Washi Paper
Dimensions: Diameter: 1/2"
Yamato Indigo Starter Kit
Looking for a weekend crafting project? Look no further than Shibori, a sophisticated indigo textile dyeing technique. Often referred to as “Japanese tie-dye”, Shibori dyeing uses clamping and binding techniques to create beautiful white and indigo patterns on everything from silk to leather.
This kit contains everything you need to make your own Shibori creations: a pack of natural Yamato indigo dye, wooden sticks, rubber bands, a few pairs of gloves, two tenugui, and two cotton bandanas to experiment with. Yamato Indigo is a natural powder dye consisting of extracts from indigo plants, making it non-toxic and safe for use for all ages. Easy to use, Yamato indigo doesn’t require fermentation or heating- just add water and start dyeing!
About Curious Corners
Curious Corners was founded in 2014 in New York City by Sayaka Toyama. Her team leads indigo workshops, provides dyeing services, and produces products to promote the rich history of indigo and other Japanese textile traditions. Curious Corners believes the truest shade of indigo comes from nature and not a color chart, so they work with and produce only non-toxic natural indigo.
Includes: Yamato Indigo (10 g.), 4 White Cotton Bandanas (20” x 20”), 10 Wooden Sticks, 20 Rubber Bands, 2 Pairs of Rubber Gloves, One Bottle of Vinegar, Instructions.
Dimensions: Height: 7 ½” Width: 5 ½”
Made in the USA
Beech Wood Bunny Rattle
A classic children’s toy, rattles are known to stimulate a baby’s tactile, visual, and musical senses. This adorable bunny rattle is made from smooth, lightweight beechwood that is finished with a thin coating of beeswax, making it ideal for teething infants and those with sensitive skin. When shaken, the bunny’s ears knock together to make a delightful noise that keeps your little one entertained for hours.
About Moku Yusya
These artful wooden toys are created in a small toymakers’ workshop based in the rural prefecture of Ehime, where beechwood trees grow locally. Made with all-natural materials, each classic toy is designed to be passed down through the generations. A portion of proceeds from the purchase of these toys is donated to support the Carbon Offsetting Project, a Japan-based effort to combat global climate change.
Materials: Beech wood, beeswax finish
Dimensions: Height: 3 ½”, Width: 3”, Depth: ¾”