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Bamboo Basketry

Suruga Bamboo Basketry

Suruga bamboo basketry from Shizuoka prefecture is different from most other bamboo crafts in Japan. It is unique for using round splits of bamboo without the skin being shaved off.

It dates back to the beginning of the Edo period (~1600) when warriors almost exclusively made bamboo goods as a side job during peaceful times. Suruga bamboo basketry made its debut outside of Japan when it was shown at the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873 as a Japanese specialty.

Different types of bamboo are used to create objects with different natural patterns and colors. The elegant techniques allows to create refined objects such as insect cages, baskets, lamp shades and bags.

Miyabi Andon Bamboo Basketry has been established by Sanji Sugiyama. It is located in Shizuoka prefecture in proximity of Mount Fuji and nowadays is run by the third generation of the Sugiyama family. The six craftsmen working at the Miyabi Andon workshop are well known for the high quality of their designs and craft.

 In 1973 Miyabi Andon was recognized as official producer of Suruga Basketry by the Japanese government. In contrast with much of Japan's basketry, which is made from flat, narrow strips of bamboo, Suruga basketry employs round splints without the skin shaved off.

Miyabi Andon designs and produces traditional household basketry as well as modern articles such as lamp shades, bags and stationery.

The more traditional products consist of vases and wind chimes with a cast iron bell. 

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