These dove whistles are mother/father and a child. We sell them as a pair because the craftsman told me not to separate them and I agree!
Hand crafted by Mr. Miyawaki who lives in Beppu in Oita prefecture, which is known for its hot spring village in Kyushu Japan.
Each doll is hand painted and have unique characteristics.
- Approximate measurements:
- Small: 2" L x 1 1/3" W x 1 1/2" H
- Large: 3" L x 1 3/4" W x 2" H
- Material: clay, paint
- Care instruction: to clean, gently wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
- Do not hand wash or get wet.
Mr. Miyawaki started his training to become a craftsman when he was in 20s and continued his works for more than 30 years. Mr. Miyawaki says "My master told me I cannot be a real craftsman because I didn’t want to make exactly the same detailed dolls. I still believe having the uniqueness of each doll is more fun and gives more life to the dolls." His works are priced reasonably compared to other folk crafts. He says "I hand built the kiln and I get free wood from my neighbors. I didn’t pay much to make my dolls. I don’t need to make extra money than I need for my everyday life. I think it’s more fun that way!"
I hope you will enjoy the fun dolls from Mr. Miyawaki!