Neko Chigura–Cat beds From Rice Straw

I like a lot of the Japanese aesthetic and I’m really liking these cat beds called neko chigura. (via moderncat)  Too bad neko chigura are not available in the US.  They’re one of the traditional crafts from Niigata Prefecture.

There are more refined woven cat beds like this one at Design Within Reach, which is available in the US, and this bed at Ikea. I prefer the chunky neko chigura though.  Besides the look, I like that they’re made from a renewable resource.  I wonder how they hold up to scratching—my cats would love it for that.

Check out the video to see how they’re made.