Shimotsuke-shibori is said to have been transmitted to Shimotsuke Province by Yuge no Dokyo during the Nara Period (710–94).
The graceful twisted-paper patterns created through hand-processing confer a fabric-like physical texture combined with an appearance similar to that of wood or leather. The materials are durable and their colors resist fading.Traditional Craft Promotional Video
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Shimotsuke-hitogata (Shimotsuke dolls) are made using twisted washi (traditional Japanese paper) through the long-established art of Shimotsuke-shibori. These lovingly crafted, unique dolls aren't available anywhere else in the world, making them a gift that is sure to please.