Shirataka doll study group
Year of establishment
Type of industry
Miyama-washi dolls (Shirataka dolls)
1966 Miyama Shirataka-machi Nishiokitama Yamagata Japan
Person in charge
T E L
F A X
Main selling channels
In-house store, Gift shop, etc.
Shirataka dolls, which are made using Miyama-washi (traditional Japanese paper) were created in 1983.At the founding of our study group, 18 members were making Shirataka dolls.Although currently only two members are engaged in doll making, the techniques that were uniquely devised after the group was established have been handed down until now.We, the fourth generation, make products that inherit the will of the founder.You can view samples of almost all products, excluding small articles, at the studio.We sell products based on a made-to-order system and make each product in a careful meticulous manner.
* Regarding large-sized products, we have small stocks for people who wish to buy them on the same day.
Shirataka dolls are made using Miyama-washi paper, which is an intangible cultural asset of Yamagata Prefecture.The paper has been handmade using mulberry paper ("kozo" in Japanese) as a raw material for more than 400 years.The process of wetting the paper with water and crumpling it repeatedly to induce shrinkage generates a texture called "shibo." "Shibo" expresses warmth that is unique to Shirataka dolls.In addition to "shibo," all parts of the dolls, from the core to small articles, are completely handmade.Shirataka dolls, all parts of which are manufactured by hand, convey their tenderness and warmth to all who see and touch them.
* "Shibo" means the unevenness of crepe (kimono cloth).