Honorable Mention TOKYO-2018 People / Portrait

Heartbeat of Endangered Species

  • Photographer
    Hideki Hayashi

60 years ago, there used to be 4,000 woolen factories in my city. Currrently, 300 factories are in operation with old style textile weaving machine. The artisans work in the same way as before 60 years. Their machines can make high quality fabric. Because low speed handling makes like hand-made texture. Included the production process that can not do alone, almost all artisans work together husband and wife. They are usually over 75 years old and many of them have no successors. I hope the presentation of this work will help to hand this technique and culture down to the next generation.