It seams that everyone worked really hard with his manual labors in old days. When I was little, my grand mother used to tell me after dinner when we were watching TV that her parents and siblings sat up late and did something by hands, sewing Yukata (cotton summer kimono), Zokin (cleaning rag) or Fukuro (fabric bags). They didn’t have TV so doing something and being productive was the way to spend their evening.

Waraji are sandals or flip-flops made from straw rope;
the standard footwear of the common people in Japan in past.

I remember my mother made me help her by separating knitting yarns and making them into balls. She knit hats and mittens, sometimes sweaters for us. The hand-made sweater looked rough and unfashionable from children’s eyes, and I preferred my friend’s ready-made sweater bought from a store, which looked neat and fashionable.

Zokin (dust cloth); old fabrics taken from worn-out kimono
were layered and stitched by using Sashiko stitching.
Image: www.worthopedia.com

Generally, Japanese hand-made articles are well received. Especially the ones made unintentionally, no purposely, are attractive, because such items do not show off intention or profit of the maker. It is naturally accepted in our life. In this mechanized age, Hand-Made are booming.

A basket to carry on its back called Shoi-kago.
image: ja.wikipedia.org

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