Suruga Bamboo Basketry Vase | Autumn
2 to 3 days
2 to 7 days
Autumn: Suruga Bamboo Basketry
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, Autumn. Suruga Bamboo Basketry looks contemporary in form yet its roots can be traced back to 1607 with the arrival of the Shogunate Tokugawa, to Suruga Province (now Shizuoka Prefecture).
This simple look, however does not mean a simple process. The thin, rounded bamboo strips, the signature feature of the Suruga Basketry, must be precisely cut and re-cut, shaped, and re-shaped, and heated, bent and manipulated to form those diamond spaces and to create the distinct, clear form. This skill of the craft artist is not easily won and often takes years of training with some artists apprenticing up to 10 years to acquire the skill. 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.
Do not wash in water. Dust with a soft brush and/or wipe gently with a damp cloth. The lovely, glossy-tone color of quality bamboo will increase as the product ages naturally. Includes a gift box.