OSAKA Kongo Sudare (Bamboo Blinds)
The making of bamboo blinds dates back to before the Heian era (794-1185). Blinds of this kind were first used as screens inside the Imperial palace and the residences of noblemen, and later became the model for the blinds that are used in traditional reception rooms today.
Using the abundant supply of high-quality bamboo at the foot of Mount Kongo, the production of bamboo blinds flourished in Tonda-bayashi, and led to the establishment of a production center in the area.
In contrast to the ubiquitous bamboo blinds found at garden centers and interior stores in Western countries, Osaka Kongo bamboo blinds are so finely crafted that they embody elegance itself. Whether used as an interior partition or a shade from the hot summer sun, they lend a uniquely Japanese beauty and atmosphere to any room.
These elegant and refined bamboo blinds, which take advantage of bamboo’s natural qualities, can be used as indoor partitions or sunshades and possess a typically subtle Japanese beauty.
How to make
The blinds are made using long-jointed bamboo stems. The production process can be roughly divided into strip making, braiding and finishing stages.