THE ACCESSORY KOKESHI DOLLS
You need these Japanese lucky charms. Updated with familiar faces, they’re the new must-have
Originally made hundreds of years ago as souvenirs for visitors to hot springs in the Tohoku region of northern Japan, kokeshi dolls have been given a contemporary update by British artist Becky Kemp (aka Sketch.inc). In olden times they were regarded as lucky charms and sported kimonos and stylised headdresses. They were beautifully hand-painted with familiar Japanese symbols such as cherry blossom, water lilies and fish; Kemp’s designs for Danish brand Lucie Kaas are streamlined versions with a decidedly witty twist. Caricatures of famous art figures such as Salvador Dalí and Frida Kahlo ( below) are among her creations, which have quickly acquired a cult following. New dolls sell out quickly, so if you want one, move fast! From £28 each (sketchinc.bigcartel.com).