Woodblock Miniature Prints 

Japanese Antique Netsuke

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"Netsuke (根付) - literally meaning 'root' (ne) 'to attach' (tsuke) - were practical fashion accessories worn by Japanese men of the Edo period (1615 -1868). During that time, both men and woman wore the traditional wrap-over robe called a kosode kimono - with a sash - that was tied around the waist - men would carry their personal accessories by hanging them from a sash - Each item would be attached with a woven silk cord to a netsuke." Netsuke - 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan. By Noriko Tsuchiya

Save the Elephants

Through my interest in Japanese antique netsuke, I have become more aware of the ivory trade that is still in operation today. See below for some fantastic work by Save The Elephants (a UK-registered charity with operational headquarters in Kenya) promoting the well being and protection of elephants. 

Save The Elephants are a founding partner of the Wildlife Conservation Network in the US which transmits 100% of donated funds to the field. 

"Our mission: to secure a future for elephants and to sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live; to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species."

Save The Elephants continue their research to find solutions to reduce conflict, end poaching, trafficking and the demand for ivory. They raise awareness and provide internships and scholarships in conservation education. 

Save The Elephants relies on donations from individuals and foundations to fund its work to secure a future for elephants. You can donate here to Save the Elephants or at Just Giving.