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Traditional Arts & Crafts

Gunma's traditional arts were developed in close association with abundant natural surroundings and local culture. Traditional handicraft products made from paper, wood, bamboo, silk and glass offer great usability and design filled with warmth.
Particularly, Gunma took a central role in the sericultural industry in modern Japan and the traditional techniques of Isesaki Kasuri (woven fabrics) and Kiryu-ori (decorative woven silk) have been handed down to the modern age.
Moreover, "Takasaki Daruma (Fuku Daruma) dolls" and "modern Kokeshi dolls" are popular souvenirs among the tourists from other parts of Japan and foreign countries. Zashiki hoki broomsticks of Tonenumata, Jishoji-yaki pottery, Fujioka kimen gawara tiles, Nishijo-shu takekawa ami woven bamboo, Iriyama menpa woodworking and Numata kiri geta or footwear made with paulownia attract many fans in the local area as well as at the national level as useful artifacts.