Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition


In deciding which Kokeshi ebook to purchase, A Collector’s Guide: Traditional and Creative Kokeshi and Toys gives an overview of the artists’ origins, general descriptive qualities and characteristics of the creation under the Traditional and Creative (Sosaku) dolls, and includes toys made by Kokeshi carvers.

Our second eBook entitled: Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition gives in-depth information on the artists, associated signature, full size image and name of each doll, and descriptive qualities of each piece. It additionally gives an overview of lathe-turned dolls and wood types, as well as a Directory of Sosaku Kokeshi Artists.


After numerous requests to republish the one-of-a-kind hardcopy, which sold out immediately to museums and collectors, we are proud to release this revised, digital edition of Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition. This extensive 207 page, one-of-a-kind eBook presents over 435 full-color images, exploring leading Japanese artists and woodworkers, and the variety, diversity, and historical uniqueness of the very best examples forming the foundation of the Sosaku movement. The ebook includes data on 58 Sosaku artists' overviews and signatures, with the descriptive qualities and standard characteristics of each doll, as they visually represent a culturally rich and creative society. Included is a directory of 228 of the leading Kokeshi artists with Katakana translations of their names; featured artists’ signatures, and is packed full of detailed images and artists' details and descriptions which continue to act as an inspiration to the contemporary art practice of lathe-turned Kokeshi. Each commanding a spot on the shelves of Kokeshi collectors.

Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition is the visual record of a folk craft almost three centuries old. This timely publication reflects both the growing interest in Japan and its’ culture in the West, and the rediscovery of folk art, traditional crafts, and culturally unique handmade dolls.  This book is a must-have for collectors and offers further insight into the craft for anyone interested in folk art and the customs associated with the Japanese culture. The authors’ first illustrated book entitled, Kokeshi: Wooden Treasures of Japan, received an award from the Independent Publishers Association in 2005 and has sold over 4,000 copies. 

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