The Nibutani area is a special place even in Hokkaido; a place where craft techniques and traditions are passed down with care, and those include rituals offering prayers to the gods and ancient ceremonial dance.
The Nibutani Ainu Craft Project makes use of these traditional skills to create new products for their future.
Now, Nibutani's craftspeople and outside creators are working together on new developments, with world-famous fashion designer Junko Koshino as general design director.
The FY 2022 Development Team
NOUSAKU×NIBUTANI AINU CRAFT
These products were developed as a collaboration of traditional metal casting techniques of Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture with traditional Ainu crafting techniques that are passed on to this day in Nibutani, Biratori Town, Hokkaido Prefecture.
The Japanese word for hospitality, “omotenashi”, can be playfully interpreted as “omote ga nai”, “without a front side”. As the name suggests, these dishes have no fixed top and bottom, and can be used in any way that you might imagine.
These Ainu patterns reflect the artisan’s spirit and wishes for the safety and wellbeing of the user, and will add a touch of excitement to any dining table setting.
Genki Harada×Mamoru Kaizawa
Fountain pens inuye
Hiroki Imafuku×Yuka Ozaki
Body bag RATA
Mayuka Kawamura×Taichi Kaizawa
Tsubo oshi Kewotne
Akari Shirayanagi×Shogo Harada
Folding umbrella Apunno
Mayuka Kawamura×Yukihiro Shibata
Belt Iram no
Happi dotto Tokyo×Maki Sekine
Kazunari Higuchi×Toru Kaizawa
Wooden toy Karakarase
Wooden toy Karikari
Taisei Mishima×Mamoru Kaizawa×Yukihiro Shibata
AINUPERA Makiri / Pasuy / Attus / Short
Kaho Iwaya×Taichi Kaizawa
tatoo sticker “Sama ta”