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Shizuoka Bamboo Guild | Japan

Japan Suruga Bamboo Basketry Vase | Embrace

Japan Suruga Bamboo Basketry Vase | Embrace

Regular price €164,95 EUR
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Japan By Hand:  Suruga Bamboo Basketry 

Thin Elegant Curved Japanese Bamboo Basketry Vase Embrace Suruga Style

Thin, elegant lines crisscrossed; rounded strips arched into soft curves; diamond spaces filled with light - - all combine to create the unique and distinctive features of Suruga Bamboo Basketry and this Japanese vase,Embrace

Unique Style - Samurai Origins

Though Suruga Bamboo Basketry looks contemporary in form, its roots can be traced back to 1607 with the arrival of the Shogunate Tokugawa, to Suruga Province (now Shizuoka Prefecture), where he settled into retirement. As it was a relative time of peace under the Tokugawa rule, so the samurai needed extra income, and bamboo basketry work supplied it. And a new bamboo-weave style was also born.

The Shogunate, holding a stong interest in hobby birds, wanted a special cage to hold them safely. It is said that the ultra-thin, rounded, rather than flat, bamboo strips used in the Suruga-style bamboo handicraft were created to protect delicate birdy wings.  Drawing from traditions and history, Suruga Bamboo Craft Guild craftArtists continue to create, generation after generation, the gentle-looking forms. In 1976, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, acknowledging the historical and cultural significance of Suruga Basketry, formally designated it as a National Traditional Craft of Japan.

How Japanese Suruga Bamboo Vase is Made

CraftArts making Japanese Suruga Bamboo Basketry

To start, the bamboo strips are fashioned from the larger, dried bamboo culm. These are then scraped with a knife and then split into workable sizes using a hatchet.

Once of a workable size, the bamboo strips are then scraped and even further thinned. These retangular strips and then rounded. The craftArtist then uses a special drawplate and one by one, will carefully draw them through a series of successively smaller holes, over and over, thinning and thinning them, shaving the rectangular bamboo into the many rounded strips that will be used for the craftArt vase.

Embrace Bamboo Vase with thin bamboo strips

Though these fine, delicate-looking strips measure as little as 0.8mm (0.3 inches) in diameter, the robust quality of the bamboo material remains intact. To create the decorative objects, a frame of bamboo is formed using a heated devise (for malleability). The craftArtist will drill precicesly, and evenly-spaced holes which will selcome each thin strip.

The final design takes amazing shape and form through the skills of the craftArtist who then will coerce and encourage tens of, even hundreds of strips, one by one, into gently rounded curves and lines, thus creating the exquisite diamond spaces and the distinct airy form of Suruga style.  The strips must be precisely evenly space to achieve the desired form and the process takes quite a bit of time. This skill of the craftArtist to perfect this shape not easily won and often takes years of training with some artists apprenticing up to 10 years to acquire the skill. 

Product Details/Care

Due to the nature of the high-end, craft-making process of our craftArtists, individual products may contain some slight variations in color and size and other qualities from product to product and from the digital photos on our website. 

Size:  Approximately width 17 × depth 17 × height 22 cm. 
Care:  Do not wash in water.  Dust with a soft brush and/or wipe gently with a damp cloth.
Qualities:  The lovely, glossy-tone (patina) of quality bamboo products increases as it ages naturally.  
Includes:  A black resin insert for fresh flowers and a gift box.

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