Kimekomi dolls are made by attaching patterned scraps of cloth to a base made of wood, wood compo, or plastic foam. The base is grooved so that the edges of the cloth can be hidden in the grooves. Takahashi Tadashige, a Shinto priest from Kyoto, first made these dolls during the Edo Period (1603-1868). They were called Kimekomi dolls because of the way that the fabric was inserted into slits in the wood. "Ki" means wood, "Mekomi" means the technique that is used to tuck the fabric into the grooves on the doll's body. See "Kimekomi Ningyo-History". Kimekomi Ningyo-Japanese Dolls of Wood and Cloth. Retrieved 2014-11-02. In 1955, a Japanese doll-maker Ryujo Hori (1897-1984) was appointed as a Living National Treasure of Japan for her creation of new style of kimekomi-ningyou (doll). She was the first woman to be awarded the extremely high honor. See "Ryujo Hori". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2014-11-02.