Katsuyama Bamboo Basketry
Essentially speaking, Katsuyama bamboo basketry started at the beginning of the 19th century but became an established area of production at the end of the Edo Period (1600-1868), when baskets known as harisouke were made. These are thought to be associated with souke and meshizouke baskets that are still being made today and form the main bulk of production, which maintains the standards of a practical craft product throughout. The baskets are simple with an undeniable presence and have a reputation for their durability and being easy to use.
Given its unique qualities, bamboo has many practical uses and can be utilized to make many, many items to be used in the home, either in a Japanese or western setting. In addition to the more traditional baskets, there are some for bread, decoration, and for flowers. There are now 22 firms employing 28 employees.
- Katsuyama Basketry Association
- 6630 Tsukida, Katsuyama-cho,
Maniwa-gun, Okayama Prefecture