制作：パルスデザイン 飯塚由美子（デザイナー） ／ クエルカ 川越千紗子 （アートコーディネーター）
Takumi Craft: Introducing the Traditional Crafts of Niigata Prefecture
The area encompassing Niigata Prefecture has long been a fertile ground for artisans, and it is known for its wide number of traditional crafts, which range from metalwork, woodwork, lacquer and fabrics to the careful construction of Buddhist shrines for the home. Japan’s government strongly supports the preservation of the specialized skills and materials required for the many craft disciplines, and has a number of criteria that must be met in order for them to be recognized: the crafts must be used in everyday life, must be hand-made, and the skills, techniques and materials must have been in use for over 100 years. They must also contribute to regional development.
Niigata has the third highest number of crafts products meeting these requirements after Kyoto and Tokyo with 16 items from 13 different areas of the prefecture being recognized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.