The word “Yama-Biko" means "echo" in the mountains.
We share our skills and ideas with the world, and carefully take our customers and collaborators voices into consideration in improving our products. It is like listening to the “Yama-Biko".
The Japanese people of ancient times created the art of weaving and making baskets from wild grapes. Yama-Biko is a brand that inherits this traditional culture that is being forgotten. We deliver new values to these tradition and resources, and resonate widely throughout the world.
The beautiful patterns of our baskets are the results of high-quality craftsmen’s handiwork, weaving in a steady rhythm. The natural form created by dense and well-proportioned weaving fascinate those in sight.
Using wild grape vines, skilled craftsmen carefully weave each pieces with the traditional Japanese weaving techniques, while maintaining the texture of the material. The more you use it, the more it will grow into something unique to you.
All the materials necessary for weaving baskets can be found in nature, born from earth and returns to earth. There is no waste in this cycle. We at Yama-Biko have focused on the strength, flexibility, and rarity of wild grapes. Vitality of wild grapes are admirable however, as it wraps itself around other trees and cause serious damages, it is a plant that needs to be cut down in order to maintain the forest. Our focus is to upcycle the unwanted by giving new value.
Multiple lots are meticulously woven together to create a single form. There are more than several hundred designs in weaving patterns. The technique can be found in daily life such as bags, wallets, furnitures, and other interior items. We are constantly exploring the tradition with new possibilities to create products that meet the needs of present and ahead. As if we are weaving to connect the past and the future.
1121-1 Omachi, Omachi-city, Nagano, 398-0002 Japan