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Someone help me, I’m obsessed with Japanese cat baskets (稚座 or neko chigura). Like all traditional Japanese crafts, they are functional and stunningly beautiful.
Mrs. Root Simple and I want to learn basket weaving just to make one of these things. Woven out of rice stalks, there are, thank you for asking, Youtube videos showing how they are made:
And, yes, you can watch cute videos showing their use–say goodbye to office productivity today!
According to Modern Cat (I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit I read that blog) these things aren’t available in the US, though you can admire this Japanese website that sells them. Guess we will have to make our own.
Note from Kelly: Say we make one of these…100 hours and 1000 curses later, won’t our kitties promptly adopt their new 稚座 as a scratching post? The Japanese must have figured this out. Back to the research!