Profile of FRPAC

Tome Izumi

Winner of the 7th Ainu Cultural Promotion Award (Individual)

Tome Izumi

As a child, she watched her mother make kimono. Realizing the importance of transmitting and preserving kimono sewing and embroidery techniques for Ainu designs, she enrolled in the Reemployment Training School for Ainu People's Traditional Techniques(Weaving Course) at the age of 51. After acquiring techniques of kimono sewing (kaparamip & ruunpe) and Ainu-design embroidery, she served as an instructor at the Reemployment Training School.
While working on the transmission and preservation of Ainu-design embroidery popular in the Mukawa region, she has contributed immensely to the dissemination, transmission and preservation of Ainu culture; for example, actively undertaking the education of successors.

 


Date of birth: March 2, 1917(currently 72 years old)
Resident of Mukawa Town, Yufutsu-gun, Hokkaido

1986 Assumes the post of an instructor at the Hokkaido Reemployment Training School in Mukawa District(Weaving Course)
(1986-1994 & 1999-2002)
1999 Receives an certificate of gratitude from the Ainu Association of Hokkaido
2000 Makes an appearance in the "Drama in Ainu" in the Ainu Folk Culture Festival (responsible for designing costumes)
2001 Gives instructions on embroidery to members of the Hobetsu Branch of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido
2003 Assumes the post of an instructor at the Hokkaido Reemployment Training School in Mombetsu District (Weaving Course)

 

* She has also participated in the Ainu Craft Contest (current Hokkaido Ainu Folk Craft Exhibition) and won the merit medal once, the Second Prize twice, the First Prize twice and the Hokkaido Governor's Award once.