June 4, 2011
Handmade commodities, produced by "Wakuwaku Work", a regional work facility for the DeafBlind, are very popular. The facility was established in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture in April, 2007.
Among the the handmade products including a book cover sold at "Touch Salon," etc., about 600 pairs of cloth sandals are sold every year. Head OKADA Kyoko (58) says, "Our facility is unusual in Japan. Fifteen persons including 12 DeafBlind are working".
They choose the color of the material and weave the strings of the cloth by the touch sense of the hands one by one.