An art exhibit put on by Ainu women opened this week in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, offering a rare opportunity for the public to see, touch and even buy some 500 traditional handicrafts of the indigenous Hokkaido minority.

The event, organized by Tezukuri Utara, a Sapporo-based group of some 20 Ainu women who have restored their traditional embroidery and handicrafts, also features the first showing of some revived artworks that had been lost in the country.

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