Suruga Bamboo Ware
Suruga Takesensuji Zaiku dates back to the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868) when warriors almost exclusively made bamboo goods as a side job in more 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, he made candy bowls and insect cages to sell to travelers on the Tokaido, the main road between Kyoto and Edo.
By bending strips of bamboo which have been whittled down to thin round canes and gradually assembling them into a ring of bamboo, it is possible to create various different shaped articles such as flower vases, trays, coasters, and insect cages. When complete, the round narrow canes have a tangible warmth and softness.
Bamboo strips are shaved into thin, round pieces, and bent, then inserted into a bamboo ring, a technique that enables the creation of a variety of shapes. The rounded strips lend a softness and warmth to the finished product.
How to make
Mainly Japanese timber bamboo and moso bamboo are used. The construction is divided into four major steps: making the strips, making the rings, the weaving, and assembly. Nearly everything is done by a single person. Bamboo is split to make the materials, then heat is applied to bend it, then it is cut thin and passed through a stripper to make the bamboo strips. Holes are drilled in the ring, and the bamboo strips are inserted to assemble the items.