Ainu textiles

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Ainu robes on display at the East-West Center in Honolulu

Traditional Ainu garb includes bark cloth robes called attus, and embroidered cotton robes called ruunpe and ciciri, as well as several other types of garments.

Ainu robes can be found in many anthropological or natural history collections around the world; while these robes are still made and used in Ainu communities, there are also Ainu today both in Hokkaidô and in the Kantô who work to recreate old traditional motifs and forms. It can take up to a full year to produce a traditional garment; each embroidered design must be sewn three times over.

Headbands known as matampus were traditionally worn only by men but are today increasingly worn by women as well in ceremonial and cultural contexts.[1]


  • Gallery labels, "Ainu Treasures," East-West Center Gallery, Feb 2013.

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