There was an interesting event called Handicraft Fair in Fukiage last weekend. Many fancywork companies and schools, designers came to have their booths, and people could learn how to knit or make something, buy various things related to handicrafts, and enjoy seeing lots of exhibits, such as quilt and ribbon flowers and so on.
You know, the longer edges of tatami are usually covered with cloth. Those bags were made from the cloth. They were so beautiful, and I thought it was very interesting. I asked who had begun making bags with tatami brim to a staffer at a booth where they were selling rolls of tatami brim and its bags. “Probably a tatami maker? You know, tatami hasn’t sold much recently because of westernization of Japan’s lifestyle.” Whether it’s true or not, I think the idea of making bags with tatami brim is great.
I didn’t buy the tatami brim or its bags, but got other things: a shoulder bag, imported cards, stickers, a wooden toy, and a kind of dried flowers. Actually, those white flowers are not flowers. They are made from Indonesian grass called sanoe. I’m going to make something to decorate in the room with those sanoe flowers.
What I liked the best among my purchases this time is the wooden toy, especially, the last one of three animals. Don’t you think it’s cute? I saw and bought many beautiful and interesting things and really had a good time!