Ms. Sumiko Inoue was born in 1935 in Hokkaido. After having learnt Japanese and western dressmaking, Sumiko married the owner of Inoue Clothing Store. In 1971, she started Inoue Hand Knitting School after she obtained the Sakiori Teaching Certificate from the Nanbu Sakiori Preservation Society. In 2002, she was accredited as the Aomori Traditional Craft Master and, in 2005, she opened Hachinohe Nanbu Sakiori KOUBOU “CHOU” independently. Since 2011, Ms. Inoue has owned a craft shop at the Craft Studio of Hachinohe Portal Museum hacchi. There, she passes on Nanbu Sakiori to broad generations by sponsoring workshops and making Sakiori craft items. She wrote and published “Sakiori Textbooks, Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Grades” from LLP Gijutsushi Shuppankai, etc.
[THE TOHOKU STANDARD]
The Tohoku region has retained its “Mono-Zukuri” tradition or, simply put, Traditional Crafting Orientation, that was developed in its harsh environment and have been carried on to the present day. Behind it are people who have been evolving and passing down ingenuity, wisdom, and thought by deepening their traditional technologies. THE TOHOKU STANDARD stands for A View Point from which to look at “their Way of Living.” It has been rooted, and well-established in the Tohoku region and stands out as the axis for the Tohoku Mono-Zukuri orientation.