This tourist facility consists of three buildings: a machiya (townhouse) built in the mid-Meiji period (late 19th century), an exhibition building, and a souvenir shop. In addition to daily Hakata-ori textile weaving demonstrations in the machiya building, visitors can watch the crafting process of Hakata dolls, Hakata hariko (papier-mâché), Hakata spinning tops, and Hakata magemono (round containers made by bending wooden sheets) or try their hand at painting, depending on the day.
This facility introduces life in the Meiji and Taishō periods (late 19th-early 20th century) in Hakata, a city with an old traditional culture.
At the Folk Museum, visitors can experience exhibits introducing the history and culture of Hakata, folk tools and folk crafts, and demonstrations of many traditional crafts. Visitors can observe the production process of traditional crafts according to their schedule. Visitors can try traditional weaving (free) and painting various crafts (for a fee)."
Demonstrations and hands-on experiences of Hakata-ori weaving are held daily.
While most Hakata-ori products are generally machine-woven, visitors can observe a demonstration of traditional hand-weaving by a professional Hakata-ori artisan at the Folk Museum. You can also try your hand at weaving!
Enjoy daily crafting demonstrations of Hakata Dolls, Hakata papier-mâché, Hakata koma (spinning tops), and Hakata magemono (round containers made of thin sheets of Japanese cedar or cypress).
Friday to Monday are demonstration days for Hakata Dolls. You can learn painting from a traditional artisan just for the cost of materials (1,500 yen) and admission to the facility (200 yen).
Observe a crafting demonstration of Hakata Dolls, the pride of Hakata.
The prototypes for Hakata Dolls are first formed in clay, and molds are made from them using plaster. Clay is then kneaded into the plaster molds before being removed and baked at 800-900 degrees Celsius. Finally, they are colored with pigments. Visitors can see the graceful, delicate, and emotive dolls being colored.