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Beyond Ainu StudiesChanging Academic and Public Perspectives$
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Mark J. Hudson, Ann-Elise Lewallen, and Mark K. Watson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836979

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836979.001.0001

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Our Ancestors’ Handprints

Our Ancestors’ Handprints

The Evolution of Ainu Women’s Clothing Culture

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Beyond Ainu Studies

Tsuda Nobuko

ann-elise lewallen

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes the “archaeology of Ainu material culture” by drawing upon Ainu genre paintings combined with analysis of Ainu material culture heritage in European and Japanese museums. Heritage textile practices today identified as traditional are better categorized as one stage in a multicentury course of continuous evolution. Combining analysis from physical objects, oral histories collected from heritage practitioners, Ainu clothing materials transitioned from mostly locally produced plant- and animal-based materials to cottons and silks garnered through trade with neighboring peoples. Taken together with oral literature, the material record offers a critical repository of gendered male and female self-expression in place of conventional written texts.

Keywords:   heritage textile, Ainu clothing, female self-expression, male self-expression, Ainu culture heritage, Ainu genre, Ainu painting

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