Jōmon fashion

Knitted cloth from the Jōmon period has been found at 10 sites across Japan, including the Nakayama site in Gojōme Town, Akita. This tells us that the people of the Jōmon period were already making cloth and clothes from the fibers of plants (pamp, ramie, hemp) and trees (Manchurian elm). The torso patterns of clay figures give some indication of the designs and patterns of the clothes while the head shapes suggest hairstyles. Personal accessories were not simply ornaments but were also thought to ward off evil spirits and calamities. Examples of personal accessories include earrings, necklaces, hair ornaments, bracelets, and waist ornaments.