Usaburo | Nīnī Kokeshi Doll
Niinii/Nīnī - 'Older Brother'. Handcrafted by Japanese kokeshi artisans, this cute kokeshi doll, part of Usaburo's family range, will be sure to bring a smile to your face. It's the perfect gift for an older brother!
- Made from Mizuki (Giant dogwood)
- H 11.5cm x W 5.8cm x Ø 5.8cm
- Made in Japan
Usaburo Okamoto, the founder of Usaburo Kokeshi, was born in Shinto in 1917 and started to make kokeshi in 1950. He invented new styles by introducing techniques that use special machines as well as a manufacturing method using a wheel, and combined painting with a brush with carving and poker drawing methods.
At present, the studio has six woodworkers responsible for design, all of whom studied under Usaburo, the founder, and who are enthusiastic about handing down the techniques of kokeshi artisans to the next generation.