Tag Archives: traditional crafts

Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Toothpicker

The view of the city from my room in the morning
 
I am not sure if it was due to the weather or flocks of tourists, but I was slightly disappointed with Takayama city centre after spending an afternoon walking around. Luckily, I woke up the next day and the clouds have cleared [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, ceramics & potteries, Japan, Folk arts & Mingei and was tagged with Markets, traditional crafts, folk arts & craft, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, ceramics & potteries, Hida Takayama


24 hours in Hida Takayama

Posted on September 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

Stunning scenery of the mountains during the train journey to Takayama
 
Even though I am familiar with unpredictable weather, I wasn't fully prepared for the fluctuation of temperatures and weather while traveling around Japan. For the first 10 days of my trip in the Kansai region, I experienced exceptional warm and sunny weather [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, woodblock printing, Folk arts & Mingei and was tagged with traditional crafts, folk arts & craft, Japan, Japanese architecture, woodblock printing, Hida Takayama


Mr Shindo's shibori map of Arimatsu

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
One big mistake I made when I was planning my trip was that I underestimated the traveling and transferring time of using the public transport in Japan. Trains are punctual and frequent if you are traveling to major and more populated cities, but it becomes more complicated if you want to go [...]

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The art of shibori at Bunzaburo in Kyoto

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Toothpicker

Katayama Bunzaburo Shoten's flagship store in Kyoto
 
When I was going through my pile of leaflets/ business cards that I picked up from my previous trips to Kyoto, one particular leaflet caught my attention. It was from Bunzaburo, a tie-dyed/ shibori (the term means “to squeeze or wring”)  company in Kyoto. Oddly enough [...]

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Kaikado tea caddies shop & cafe in Kyoto

Posted on September 7, 2018 by Toothpicker

Since I only had four days in kyoto (including a day out at Miho museum with my friend), I didn't manage to fit much shopping in. Hence I targeted a few shops either close to where I was staying or near a sight I wanted to visit. One of the shops that [...]

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Burmese crafts: bamboo & textiles weaving

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Toothpicker

Bamboo factory
 
Bamboo is a material that is widely available and used in Myanmar. The sustainable and versatile material is used to build houses, scaffolding, make woven walls, furniture and basketry etc.
We visited a bamboo factory in Mandalay, and it was interesting to see how the hollow and tall bamboo shoots can be [...]

This post was posted in Traditional arts & crafts, Myanmar, weaving and was tagged with traditional crafts, Myanmar, Burmese craft, textiles, weaving, embroidery, bamboo


Burmese crafts: The art of carving

Posted on April 8, 2017 by Toothpicker

 

 
Carving has endured a long history in Myanmar. Exquisite wood carvings can still seen at some ancient monasteries and pagodas. Teak is commonly used as it is a native species in the rain forests of South East Asia.
In Mandalay, we visited a wood carving workshop where we saw artisans carving large [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Myanmar, Carving and was tagged with puppetry, traditional crafts, Myanmar, Burmese craft, wood carving, marble carving


Burmese crafts: papier mâché , lacquerware & pottery

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Stumbled upon a papier mâché maker's home in New Bagan
 
Before my trip to Myanmar, I had no idea that a myriad of traditional crafts are being produced in different parts of the country. Apparently, every region uses local materials to produce in a specific craft that is unique to that area [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, ceramics & potteries, Myanmar and was tagged with paper craft, traditional crafts, Myanmar, pottery, Burmese craft, lacquerware


Middleport – The last working Victorian pottery factory

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

  
Trent & Mersey canal
 
I had pre-booked a guided factory tour at the last working Victorian pottery factory – Middleport pottery factory the morning after my visit to the British Ceramics Biennial. I decided to take a scenic route (also recommended by the B & B owner) along the Trent [...]

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Portuguese crafts and designs

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Toothpicker

Magetica magazine gallery at Cidadela art district, showcasing knitted creations by Urostigre; Bottom right: Gosto D'Africa
 
One of the (many) reasons why I love Portugal is that it is immensely artistic. Art can be seen everywhere, from street art to azulejos in churches; and the Portuguese particularly excel in handicrafts, which has been [...]

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