ORIGIN OF THE AMIGURUMI
Knowing a little bit about the history of amigurumi and its meaning is important because it internalizes us a little about how this beautiful technique was created and what it means to create these dolls.
What I have read and found out about the Amigurumis iwill tell you below.
Amigurumi means “Woven Teddy”, is a technique that originates in Japan and as we already know consists of knitting small dolls with
crochet or as they call it in other crocheted parts.
They are usually knitted from little animals like teddy bearers, kittens, puppies and they look adorable as you apply the details
you can also knit any kind of shape one can imagine, such as plants, meals, accessories, etc.
Japanese tradition gives it a much deeper and more meaningful meaning than it is given in Western culture
by the way it is an artisan tradition in Japan and is part of the Kawaii culture, a term that could be translated as monkey, tender, adorable.
Not only is it a decorative figurine or a simple toy, but they aim to feed the childish spirit that we all carry inside.
THERE ARE LIKE THREE AMIGURUMI TENDENCIES
the first is like the “Classic Amigurumi”, which are of long and thin bodies, long limbs and have little expression or many details. An example of these are toys that remind us of the classic rag dolls.
Another style is the Kawaii, which consist of making smaller ones, and with a more kawaii aesthetic, they are usually with heads and with heads
More striking colors or pastel colors, some decorated with fed-up details, with applications in felts, fabrics, among others, and are usually super tender.
There are also the “Amigurumis Frikis”, which are like a freestyle that allows you to model almost anything, can usually be done as
the typical amimased drawings, nintendo characters, etc., in short the character you like can be made.
Just say that they are all beautiful and entertaining to do, each constitutes a challenge and then becomes a companion for you or an entertaining gift for someone very special.
ACCORDING TO THE JAPANESE TRADITION
Each Amigurumi possesses a soul, which will accompany us and be our friend and confidant for life, providing protection and comfort
when we feel sad or confused, and as it could not be so, if they are truly tender and beautiful.
They are also used as personal amulets, and it is super usual in Japan to see them in offices, as a personal ornament, representing a symbol of attachment or as a reminder that we are alive and that we must live
happy by taking a short break, smiling and feeling the happiness of life at times of stress or sadness.
In short, the Amigurumi boom begins in the ’90s in Japan, socially spreads all over the world, and who had not seen any
once these woven monkeys, we may not have knew what the technique was called, but we found them adorable, too tender, and surely we wanted to have one.
It’s super hard to say what the first pattern or the first sites on the internet of amigurumi are, because the truth is that there are millions, but if I believe
that one of the classics is that of Amineko, a cat that can be knitted of any color and with a rather particular expression.
Amigurumis are usually woven using wool or cotton thread. These materials vary in thickness, color, texture and composition, ranging from 100% sheep’s wool to the use of synthetic fibers, such as acrylic and spandex in different percentages.
Crochet needles or crochets are used for knitting. The size of the crochet to be used is usually suggested on the label of the wool skein that will be used to make the amigurumi.
The ratio between the thickness of the strand and the crochet will determine the tension of the fabric; Ideally, the fabric is tight enough that the padding is not visible and loose enough that the amigurumi is soft and continues to maintain its characteristic stuffed shape.