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Create one-of-a-kind
pieces by leveraging traditional
handicrafts from around the world

The world of handmade goods is vast, and I find the sensibility and inspiration of handicrafts fascinating.

When I searched for materials on the Internet, I realized that there are still many attractive materials that are not sold yet. Also, handicraft enthusiasts around the world have amazing inspirations and come up with ideas that make you wonder, "This shape! What is this material?"
Therefore, we opened a handicraft store in 2019 to connect materials and ideas of handicraft enthusiasts around the world.

Handicrafts became a part of my rehabilitation journey for a rare disease from 2014 to 2016.

— Store.Alaudae.JP

The quest for unknown materials never ends

The search for unknown materials is not only for experts. This is a challenge that anyone with a sense of curiosity and exploration can take part in. Anyone can help create the future by gathering information about new materials and supporting material development projects.
Are there any amazing materials lying around you?

Footprints:

Interest

I started doing handicrafts in 2014 or 2015 for rehabilitation purposes.

I saw mothers having fun knitting with PP bands and thought it would be fun so I gave it a try. However, when I tried knitting it, the Japanese PP band was really stiff.
It seems that many overseas PP bands are soft, but the ones in Japan are made of packaging material and seem to be made hard. It's certainly good that it's durable, but it takes a lot of strength to knit it, and your hands will hurt if you knit it for a long time.
It's fun to knit with PP bands, and the finished product looks great. However, Japanese PP bands are hard, so you need to be prepared to knit them. It's best to enjoy it within reason.

Are there any other better materials?

When it comes to luggage packaging materials and PP bands, many of them come in safe colors such as yellow and white, giving the impression that they are cheap. However, if you search all over the world on the Internet, you are sure to find something with the same performance but with more unique materials and designs!
This desire to explore unknown materials was the origin of this project.

Discovering materials of interest in 2016.
Google searches back then were a treasure trove for me. I was looking for something that was easy to use and would give me time. One day, I happened to come across images and videos of Taiwanese handicraft enthusiasts who create works using PP bands.
PP Band's works were popular in Japan, but the works in Taiwan had different techniques and designs from Japan, and were all fresh and attractive. I was surprised and moved by all the works I had never seen before. Meeting Taiwanese handicraft enthusiasts changed my life. Not only did he teach me the appeal of the material called PP bands, but he also taught me the joy of creation.

Decision

Search for 2016 purchases and sales outlets.
Not only was I overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of Taiwanese handicraft enthusiasts, but I was also surprised by the wide variety of colors and widths of PP bands. It goes without saying that the fact that there are several widths, not just the Japanese 15mm width, stimulates creativity. Apparently, the PP band that interests me is not sold in Japan, so the only option is to import it. Driven by the urge to try it out, I spent several months searching for a supplier and purchasing it!
First purchase of materials of interest in 2017.

I was even more surprised when I purchased the material, saw and touched it, and made a prototype. The material is much better than I expected. I think this material should be used by more people than kept to ourselves!
That's why I decided to create a handicraft website.

2018 site construction and material names.

One of the things I was worried about when building a handicraft website was the name of this material. A normal PP band would be a waste. After much thought, I realized that Taiwan's name in Spanish is 'Formosa', which means beautiful island. Therefore, beautiful Taiwan and handicraft enthusiasts named it 'Fortuna Pearl' to bring us good luck.

Challenge

2019 Work produced under the material name Fortuna

Unique basket weaving works from the handicraft site and Fortuna Pearl.
While running a handicraft website, I also create basket weaving using a material called Fortuna pearls. I'm still an amateur, so there are many prototypes, but I aim to take advantage of Fortuna Pearl's charm and create unique pieces that no one else has made.

In 2019, Handicrafts Store☆ALAUDAE opened on March 3rd.
In Japan, March 3rd is a traditional event called Peach Festival, a day to pray for the healthy growth of girls. Handicrafts Store☆ALAUDAE opened on March 3, 2019 to the delight of many women and handicraft enthusiasts. At Handicrafts Store☆ALAUDAE, we will help you make your handicraft life more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Started building the overseas sales website in 2020
Originally, it was only sold domestically, but after receiving enthusiastic support from overseas, we have started selling it overseas to bring joy to women and handicraft enthusiasts around the world! The impetus was the many voices we received from people overseas asking, ``I want materials and products,'' and ``Why not ship them overseas?'' Online shopping is a tool to connect with people all over the world. I felt a strong sense of discomfort at not being able to meet your request. Since we were planning on rebuilding our store site, we decided to take the plunge.

Advance

Available to women and handicraft enthusiasts around the world in 2024

Thank you for waiting for so long! Handicrafts Store☆ALAUDAE reopens in April!
Thank you to all the women and handicraft enthusiasts for waiting!
After overcoming various difficulties, including family and personal circumstances, and the difficult task of building a website, we were finally able to reopen the store site in April 2024.

Any questions left?

At our store, we strive every day to meet the needs of our customers to the fullest.