“Pine cricket”. Formed with tōso and covered with cloth in kimekomi method.
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Toso dolls are made with toso, a clay-like substance made of paulownia sawdust mixed with paste, around a core of paulownia wood. While the substance is soft, it can be fashioned freely, so all kinds of forms can be made. It is important to dry it thoroughly so that the form does not get distorted later.
Glue is placed in grooves on the body, then the edges of cloth are wedged into the grooves with a spatula.