I don't really get why traditional Japanese crafts like pottery or kimono costs so much. Honestly, I don't even find them interesting or artistic. However, I loooooove when they merge Japanese art with modern technique or when they draw Japanese patterns on a modern product like those 和風 (wafuu - Japanese style) Disney Japan merchandise.
|An example of wafuu Disney merchandise|
My current favorite Japanese craft is tenugui. More precisely art tenugui. Tenugui is actually Japanese cotton handkerchief. But its use has evolved to be washcloth, dishcloth, headband, gift wrapper, souvenir and even as decoration.
|This Maiko in autumn design is great as a memento of your stay in Japan|
|Kyoto's famous sites - the Kiyomizu Temple (left) and Toji Temple (right)|
|This booklet art tenugui has won the 2007 Japanese Good Design Award|
I am selling these decorative tenugui here: Beautiful Tenugui Facebook Page
I started the page for Malaysians, hence all the prices are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia. But I can also serve customers from other countries. I've added the International Shop tab at the page and as an introduction, we don't charge for postage.
Do check it out :)