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1998 Ainu Craftwork Contest (August 8 - 10, 1998)

A contest of handicrafts and modern articles based on traditional Ainu skills was held for three days starting on August 8 at the Indoor Plaza (B1) in Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo. Although the Ainu has a wonderful culture, including clothes with artistic patterns and unique hunting gear, the skills needed to produce some of them have already been lost. This contest aimed to recognize excellent creations, improve skills and facilitate artistic activities in order to restore the lost skills and promote modern creative activities using such skills.

The contest comprised the following three categories:

  • Traditional weaving and embroidery articles
  • Traditional woodcraft articles
  • Other Ainu handicraft items (traditional items excluding 1 and 2, modern items)

Although entries were accepted for a short period only, there were a total of 174 entries, including some from outside Hokkaido.

The prize-awarding ceremony was held on August 10 at the Indoor Plaza in the presence of prize winners. The three first prize winners received certificates, souvenirs and monetary prizes (¥100,000) each. The three second prize winners received certificates, souvenirs and monetary prizes (¥10,000) each. The ten third prize winners received certificates and monetary prizes (¥5,000) each. The following are the entries of the winners.

  • First prize winners
    Traditional weaving and embroidery articles

    Keiko Takano(Biratori) -- Cikarkarpe (children's garments)

    Other Ainu handicraft items
    Yumiko Sunazawa(Tomakomai) -- Tapestry
    Yae Shimokawa(Shiraoi) -- Attus (miniature garment)
  • Third prize winners
    Hiromi Abe (Tobetsu) -- Short coat
    Riyo Nomoto (Shiraoi) -- Emus'at (a pair of straps for carrying swords)
    Mikio Araida (Shiraoi) --Heper-ay (a set of two)
    Mikio Araida (Shiraoi) -- Ikupasuy a dog wood
    Kiyomine Araki (Sapporo) -- Carved wooden bear with stand
    Nobuko Fujiwara (Chitose) -- Ruunpe
    Shigee Ota (Asahikawa) -- Citarpe (large mat)
    Ryoko Tsubosaka (Asahikawa) -- Saranip (woven basket)
    Kiyoko Mamiya (Ishikari) -- Matanpus (headband)
    Tetsu Kawakami (Asahikawa) -- Patterned clock