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"Chirimen" is traditional craft with the history from the Edo
period (1603-1867). Chirimen(crape) is beautiful silk fabrics with small
wrinkles, and it has been loved as a material of a Japanese kimono from
the Edo period to the present age. And, the "Chirimen work" which
sews up the small remaining cloth of silk crape and makes pouches, animals,
dolls, toys, etc. were popular. "Chirimen work" is the handicraft
which cultivates the mind and aesthetic sense which esteem a thing, and
makes a hand skillful. And it made as one of the culture of a Japanese
However, there are demerits because silk is a material shrunk easily. It is possible of various processings by using Porichiri (An original material of Japan) and rayon instead of silk now. The goods of Saiga use Porichiri and rayon.
The feature of Chirimen work is that there are no works of the same pattern because the small remaining cloth is used. As the next photographs, the pattern and coloration differs one by one. Strictly speaking, each works are only one work in the world.