1997 Ainu craftwork Contest (March 20 - 23, 1998)

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1997 Ainu craftwork Contest (March 20 - 23, 1998)

A contest of handicrafts and modern articles based on traditional Ainu skills was held for four days starting on March 20 at the exhibition hall on the first floor of Kaderu 2・7 (Hokkaido Citizens' Activity Center) in 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 193 entries, including some from outside Hokkaido.

The prize-awarding ceremony was held on March 23 at the exhibition hall 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 and souvenirs. The ten third prize winners received certificates. The following are the entries of the winners.

  • First prize winners
    Traditional weaving and embroidery articles

    Machiko Kato(Sapporo) -- Ruunpe (cotton garments)

    Traditional woodcraft articles
    Shigehiro Takano(Biratori) -- Ita (square tray)
    Other Ainu handicraft items

    Yukio Okuyama(Shizunai) -- Standing horse wood carving
  • Second prize winners
    Machiko Kato(Sapporo) -- Tapestry
    Noriko Kawamura(Otaru) -- Wall decorations
    Waka Mamiya(Asahikawa) -- Pakkaitara (carrying straps)
  • Third prize winners
    Sachiko Sawai(Sapporo) -- Ruunpe (cotton garments)
    Katsue Kaizawa(Biratori) -- Kaparamip (cotton garments)
    Yasuko Uetake(Noboribetsu) -- Ruunpe (cotton garments)
    Katsue Matsubara(Shizunai) -- Cikarkarpe (cotton garments)
    Tetsu Kawakami(Asahikawa) -- Tobacco container
    Shigehiro Takano(Biratori) -- Ita (round tray)
    Chieko Ueno(Kushiro) -- Tonkori (five-stringed koto)
    Tetsu Kawakami(Asahikawa) -- Wood carved shrimp
    Yukio Okuyama(Shizunai) -- "Spawning of Salmon"
    Yasuaki Noto(Shiraoi) -- "Prayer"