Obihiro Centennial City Museum


[Salmon-skin shoes]


Salmon-skin shoes. These winter shoes were made by sewing together salmon skin that had been peeled off and dried. Four to eight salmon skins are used to make each pair of shoes, and the dorsal fin was placed on the bottom to prevent slippage. Dried grass was put inside as insulation. The Ainu wore socks made by braiding together fibers of Japanese lime and nettle.

Ainu Language in Use

The Ainu Language

ケㇽ オㇱケ リテンムン ア オ ワ ピㇼカ

ker oske ritenmun a o wa pirka


It's better if you put soft grass inside your shoes.