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The 9th Ainu Craftwork Contest(July 16-18, 2005)

A contest of woodcraft and modern creative works using traditional Ainu skills was held for three days from July 16 at the "Kaderu 2.7 Exhibition Hall" in Sapporo. Although there were magnificent works of clothing with Ainu patterns that give them an original artistic flavor and unique hunting gear; unfortunately, some of the skills used in creating these have already been lost. Aiming to restore lost skills and promote modern creative activities using such skills, this contest awards excellent works in order to develop the skills and encourage artistic activities.

[Divisions of Contestants]

  1. Division of traditional weaving and embroidery(Traditional Weaving)
    Women, knitted, embroidered pieces of work that restore or revive traditional Ainu handicrafts using traditional techniques.
  2. Division of traditional woodcraft(Traditional Woodcraft)
    Woodcraft works that restore or revive traditional Ainu handicrafts using traditional techniques.
  3. Division of general Ainu works(General Work)
    Traditional handicrafts or modern creative works that do not fit the above divisions 1 or 2.



[List of Prize Winners]

  • 1st prize
    Shigee Ota(Asahikawa) Citarpe -- Traditional weaving
    Koji Kaizawa(Biratori) Tanpaku op -- Traditional woodcraft
    Miyuki Kaizawa(Biratori) A set of Attush fabric Kimono -- Traditional weaving