Image of Helpful Cat Hariko Ornament

Helpful Cat Hariko Ornament


Hariko is the Japanese art of making animal figurines from papier-mâché, a craft dating back to the Mingei folk art period.

A riff on the traditional hariko, these figurines feature a cat ready to help out around the house. They’re inspired by an expression in Japanese, “neko no te mo karitai” 猫の手も借りたい —, meaning to be so busy that you would even ask a cat for help.

These hariko are created by an organisation near Nara, Japan, which offers jobs and opportunities for persons with disabilities and otherwise facing barriers to employment. Each piece is made and painted by hand.

Comes gift boxed.

Gift wrapped in tissue paper

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