Edo Sekku Ningyo
Edo doll production began in the early Edo period (1600s) due to influence from Kyoto, but the unique Edo style is said to have begun 250 years ago in the Horeki era.
In this period, the Girl's Day dolls and Boy's Day dolls began to be made in the sophisticated and realistic Edo style. In the late Edo period, during the Bunka-Bunsei Period (1804-1830), doll culture reached its peak, and the helmet decorations used outdoors during the early Edo period were moved indoors, and Boy's Festival dolls and elaborate decorations modeled after real armor called Edo Kacchu were made.
Small, elaborate dolls called fuzoku ningyo that were made to look exactly like popular actors were also made, as well as ichimatsu ningyo were wildly popular.
In keeping with the Edo traditions, the colors are natural, and the high quality dolls are very realistic and sophisticated.
How to make
The main materials used in making Girl's Day dolls are wood, paper, cloth, and other natural materials. The head and torso are made of carved wood or toso, to which the arms and legs are attached, and then the dolls are dressed with clothing that was completed separately.
Edo Kacchu is made mainly with reference to actual period pieces, and the materials used include natural materials like wood, paper, silk thread, and leather, as well as iron, copper, and more. All of the major production steps are completed by hand.