Katsuyama Bamboo Basketry
Essentially speaking, Katsuyama Take Zaiku 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.
The main article are uniform products manufactured for practical uses. These products possess impressive qualities in spite of their rustic appearance and have a reputation for being sturdy and easy to use. Bamboo’s special flavor makes it suitable to be used for a wide range of Japanese and Western-style tables.
How to make
The special type of bamboo used is called “madake” (phyllostachys bambusoides). It is used as is, without being bleached or stripped of its bark. The manufacturing process can be roughly divided into a preparation stage and a weaving/general finishing stage. In the preparation stage, dimensions are calculated by "measuring bamboo” depending on product type, size and components used, dirt is rubbed off with wet straw and traditional "shaving"and "splitting" techniques are applied depending on the final use of the pieces. In the weaving/general finishing stage, the products are finished with the help of techniques such as "wheel-making"and "mat plaiting" depending on the specific product.