“Ainu Embroidery Pouch” inspiration came from mitten arm covers Ainu tribes wear at ceremonies. Here, it’s interesting to note that Ainu people have a custom of embroidering owl’seyes as motifs on their garments for hands and feet to protect themselves against evil.
Works by Hiromi Abe 阿部紘美さんの作品
In the late Edo era, the Ainu obtained large volumes of cotton through trade with the Japanese who lived in Honshu (Japan's mainland) and through other activities. They wore appliqued or embroidered cotton clothes called "chikarkarpe", which means "the things we embroider."