The rustic and charming kingfisher (kawasemi) is printed on cotton using a woodblock and stuffed with rice husks. The rice husks give the perfect amount of volume and firmness to bring the life-sized, expertly shaped and printed creature to life.
With its long beak and large head, the stuffed bird captures the characteristics of kingfisher well. It is a female, as the lower beak is red (the beaks of males are entirely black). A red tag on the string says kawasemi on one side and "hand printed woodblock by Shinkougei" on the other. It gives a nice accent to any bird lover's room; it also works as a Christmas tree ornament.
Stuffed with rice husks
6⅜” (L) x 1¾" (W) x 2⅜" (H)
Each piece is hand made and size and color vary slightly
This is an ornamental toy and not suitable for very young children
Made in Japan
Who Makes It
Founded in 1972 in Hida Takayama, Shinkougei is a craft workshop that specializes in creating various types of craftwork using woodblock print techniques.