Shimoura Bentenkai - Upcycled vintage headwear O


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A unique headwear crafted from vintage flags! These headwear pieces are made from Nobori flags, which are traditionally displayed only for a short time after a boy was born in the Amakusa area in Japan.

These flags were left forgotten in the garage of local residents until a group of craftspeopole from the Shimoura Bentenkai (who make clay dolls) had an idea to turn them into something new.

Now, you can wear a piece of history on your head and admire the details of a warrior's faces and designs that can be found on each one-of-a-kind piece.

If you're on the lookout for a truly exclusive and cultural accessory, these headwears made from vintage flags are the one for you!

  • Approximate measurements: 20"-26" (has rubber on the back, stretchable)
  • Material: Vintage cotton, upcycled Japanese 'Nobori" flags. 
  • Care instruction: Wash in cold, hang dry recommended.


Shimoura-benten-kai has started in 2013 as a group to support local businesses and traditional techniques to create the dolls.  This small town in Amakusa used to be a well known place for clay dolls and has more than 300 years of history. Unfortunately most craftsman have retired but recently a few number of women have volunteered to learn the techniques to create dolls and carry on the tradition.