TOKYO Teshigoto

Let’s Craft an Accessory Tray in this ‘Kimekomi Experience’!

Workshop Experience

– Contents: ‘Kimekomi Tray’ Crafting Experience
– Participation Fee: 10,000 JPY (incl. tax) *Material costs included
– Time required: About 90 minutes (Depending on the individual pace)
– How to make a reservation: At exhibitions and other events you can place a reservation directly at the venue at any time. If you want to inquire about days and if the experience will be implemented or not, please call the number below.
– Remarks: ‘Kimekomi Ema (wooden tablet)’ Crafting Experiences are offered as well.

Trying out the Kimekomi Experience is Ms. Wakabayashi (to the left), guiding the experience is Mr. Toshimitsu Kakinuma (to the right) from Kakinuma Ningyo Dolls. As the experience was specially held in the Koshigaya workshop, it started with choosing the cloth to be used.

The Kimekomi Experience is fun, the same kind as colouring books!!

The traditional technique of ‘Kimekomi’, attaches colourful cloth to models by stuffing the cloth’s ends into insertions that are cut into the models. The workshop we visited, Kakinuma Ningyo Dolls, uses the Kimekomi techniques to craft festival dolls such as Hina dolls. Located in Shin-Koshigaya, the ground floor of the Koshigaya Workshop is their shop, here you really notice how the combination of cloths changes the Hina doll’s appearance. Even with the same kind of model, depending on how the cloth is chosen, as well as the placement, you get a completely different result, this might be similar to colouring in a colouring book. To let others experience how interesting and fun applying the Kimekomi technique is, Kakinuma Ningyo Dolls prepared a basic kit, to offer experiences at events and similar occasions. Today Ms. Wakabayashi chose to try out the ‘Kimekomi Tray’ Crafting Experience.

At the shop on the ground floor Hina dolls are displayed. The torso part is decorated using the Kimekomi technique.

On the first floor cloths with a variety of colours, patterns and materials are stored. Listening to Mr. Kakinuma’s advice, Ms. Kobayashi is choosing cloths. In the tray a maximum of ten different cloths can be inserted using the Kimekomi technique, though choosing to use some colours twice, Ms. Kobayashi chooses seven kinds of cloths in total.

As the cloths to be uses are decided it is time to start crafting!

The ‘Kimekomi Tray’ was designed to place accessories such as watches etc. inside. The model with the insertions is made out of urethane, its softness acts as a cushion, so you can put in your valuables without worry. The urethane is covered with the chosen cloths using the Kimekomi technique. First the cloths are all lined up, to confirm the colour scheme in the final product.

When the colour scheme is decided, glue is put in the insertions in the model, and the cloth is then pushed in with a spatula. After one block of Kimekomi is finished, excess cloth is cut off with scissors, and the edges are pushed in again with the spatula. Then the same procedure is repeated with the next block.

When coming to the latter half you get a feeling of how much force to apply to push in the cloth, and how to cut off unneeded cloth. Just a short way to go from now!

Mr. Kakinuma helps with the finishing touches, and…

applying the wooden frame, the handcrafted ‘Kimekomi Tray’ is finished!

There’s also experience kits specially made for kids. Please try for yourself!

Other than ‘Kimekomi Tray’, Kakinuma Ningyo also offers ‘Kimekomi Ema’ crafting experiences. The Ema experience is made for kids in the later grades of Primary School/Preparatory School and up. Please make sure to check information about events & experiences with Kakinuma Ningyo.

– Company Name: Kakinuma Ningyo
– Address: Shin-Koshigaya 1-21-11, Koshigaya-shi, Saitama-ken
– Business hours: 10:00 – 18:00
– Closed: Saturdays and Sundays, Beginning and End of the Year
– Homepage:
– Access: (Head Office – Ground Floor) 10 minutes’ walk from JR Line ‘Minami Koshigaya’ Station, 10 minutes’ walk from the west exit of the Tobu Isesaki Line ‘Shin-Koshigaya’ Station