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We will shortly be expanding our range of traditional Japanese handcraft items in Deeply Regional Japan’s online shop with the addition of a huge range of traditional textile items.

Traditional Japanese woven silk glowing in the Australian sunshine

We had been hoping to have them ready for sale at the time of our shop launch in November 2020, however, due to the COVID-related travel restrictions earlier in that year, we could not get the items out of storage in Melbourne in time. The good news is we have now photographed and catalogued all items in the collection, which has been amassed through our personal travels in regional and rural Japan during a period of over 10 years.

A handbag crafted with handwoven Akita-Hachijo silk... a centuries-old textile tradition in danger of extinction

Most of the items are individually handwoven and dyed in small artisan workshops using traditional methods. The collection includes scarves, table runners, placemats, coasters, handbags, ponchos, and material offcuts of diverse character, from rustic, durably woven cottons to elegant, kimono silks—in addition to extremely rare textiles that are practically impossible to purchase outside of Japan such as those woven from wild-harvested plant fibres, a tradition that has continued since prehistoric times over 10,000 years ago.

A table runner of 'Sakiori' cotton from Hanamaki in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan... using recycled fibres and natural dyes

So , if you are after a gift that is truly unique and special (even if the gift is for yourself!), please check back with us in a couple of weeks’ time at

A scarf dyed with natural Japanese indigo dye... beautiful, durable and safe

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