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Nibutani Ita Picture of Wood Carver (detail), , Collection of Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

Sekkei Sawada

Kyoto Women's University, Lifestyle Design Laboratory

Kyoto Women's University, Lifestyle Design Laboratory

A man carving its with makiri(small knife) is depicted with a mother and two children. A work of Sekkei Sawada in the Meiji period.

Ita was made from the wood of walnut, katsura, or Japanese pagoda tree of the Nibutani and other areas of Hokkaido. A dried wooden board was carved out to make a tray-shape, and various patterns were engraved on the surface of the tray. It was characteristic of Nibutani that traditional Ainu motifs were used as patterns for ita.

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  • Title: Nibutani Ita Picture of Wood Carver (detail), , Collection of Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum
  • Creator: Sekkei Sawada
  • Rights: ©Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

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