Suruga Bamboo Wares
The Suruga bamboo craft dates back to the beginning of the Edo era (1600-1868), when warriors almost exclusively made bamboo goods as a side job during peaceful times. In the 19th century, the feudal lord in Okazaki, who was skilled in the art of bamboo weaving, passed on his techniques to Shimizu Inobei. Using these techniques, Shimizu produced candy bowls and insect cages to sell to travelers on the Tokaido road between Kyoto and Edo.
By bending strips of bamboo that have been whittled down to thin round canes and then assembling them into a ring, it is possible to create various items of different shapes, including flower vases, trays, coasters, and insect cages. The round narrow canes of the finished product have a tangible warmth and softness.
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