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編み作業

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技術について

Craftsmanship

​編みの技術

過去と未来を編む

Connect the Past and the Future

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.

製作作業

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​About Craftsmanship

Weaving Technology

編みの技術と歴史

We are striving to revive and utilize ancient technology in the modern age.

約5500年前に生まれていた技術

5,500 years of craftsmanship

The art of weaving can trace its history back to the Jomon period, when people hunted, fished, and gathered nuts for daily sustenance. Hand woven pouches made out of tree barks and other materials to store nuts has been excavated from archaeological sites. Using a technique called “Ajiro-weaving" which the materials are woven vertically and horizontally.

Ajiro woven basket

失われつつある手編み文化

Improvement of the craft

A precise and even weave creates a beautiful pattern.
We have inherited this wonderful technique as well as the culture of hand woven baskets. By continuing to study the techniques that was born about 5,500 years ago, we aim to create better and more sophisticated products that meet the needs of the modern age. We are striving to revive and utilize ancient technology in the modern age. 

Midare woven basket
削り作業

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​About Craftsmanship

Manufacturing Process

籠ができるまで

We are constantly exploring the tradition with new possibilities to create products.

山葡萄の採取

Collect the wild grape vines

Wild grapes, the source of our baskets are found deep in the mountains. We set a certain standard for the size (diameter) of the vines to be harvested, and those that does not meet the standard will not be harvested. It will be postponed until the following year or later to preserve our resources. In addition, we plant seedlings to maintain the forest.

tessen pattern

ヒゴづくり

Processe into sets of even thickness.

Straight, crooked, twisted. Each vine has its own character, and after tanning and scraping, they are processed into sets of even thickness.This process is the most important step in the basket making, and it is also the most important step in the craftsman's technique, which determines the quality of the basket.

tessen pattern

​編み上げ

Weave

We start weaving from the bottom part of the basket, and then keep weaving by wrapping the lots around a wooden basket model.

tessen pattern