A cute Kokeshi for your needlework
A charming pincushion disguised as a traditional kokeshi doll from northern Japan. In snowy Tsugaru, woodworkers started carve small dolls called kokeshi as souvenirs for tourists to the region's famous hot springs.
Kuroishi city of Aomori, the birthplace of Tsugaru Kokeshi, recently founded the Tsugaru Kokeshi Museum to immortalize the region's wood crafts as well as to spur innovation and development on existing themes. We collaborated with the museum to produce this modern, functional twist on the traditional kokeshi doll.
We adopted the traditional sleek shape and bobbed hair of the kokeshi, interpreted in Cohana's signature colors: yellow, pink, green and blue.
Each doll opens to reveal a hidden pincushion and comes with three quality needles from Meboso Hachirobei Shoten.
The doll's base is magnetic to easily pick up fallen pins and needles.
▼Wool needlepoint. It prevents needles from rusting.
▼You can pick up the needle with the magnet on the bottom
Kokeshi Doll｜Tsugaru Kokeshi Museum／Aomiri
The Tsugaru Kokeshi Museum is located in Kuroishi City, Aomori Prefecture, the birthplace of Tsugaru Kokeshi dolls. The museum was established as a result of the "Kokeshi Museum Construction Movement" by local volunteers. The museum not only exhibits and sells kokeshi dolls, but has also put much effort into demonstrating their production, holding events, and developing new works of art. The museum has established ties with traditional kokeshi doll makers and artists not only from Tsugaru but also from all over the country, and is introducing kokeshi dolls that are alive in the modern world.
Needles｜Meboso Hachirobei Shoten／Ishikawa
Meboso Hachirobei Shoten was founded in 1575. Hachirobei I created the Meboso needles we know today by applying his own unique twist to the Kyoto lineage technology. The company has been manufacturing and selling needles for more than 440 years and continues to preserve the tradition.
All measurements are for reference. Please note in advance that the actual dimensions of the product may slightly vary.
Body: Wood (Mizuki), Wool, Silicon rubber, Neodymium magnet
- Kokeshi dolls are made of natural wood, so there are differences in color and grain. Also, as the years go by, the white bark gradually changes to a lighter color. Please enjoy it as a texture.
- Facial expressions are hand-painted by craftsmen, so there are individual differences.
- It may fade when exposed to direct sunlight or strong lighting for a long time.
- The surface is coated with lacquer, but if you polish it with wet hands or a cloth, the color may fade.When cleaning, please polish it with a dry cloth.
- The joint may not close or loosen due to humidity or temperature changes. Please keep it closed.
- Please use away from things that are affected by magnetism, such as personal computers, mobile phones, and electronic devices.
- Do not use the needle for anything other than sewing
- The needle tip is sharp and dangerous, so be careful when handling lost needles.
- After use, wipe off sweat and grease to prevent rust.
- Be careful not to let the needles get stuck in the needle pincushion.
- This product is for needle holder only. Do not use it for any other purpose.
- Keep out of reach of infants.