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Bamboo Basketry

Bamboo has about 1200 different species, of which more than 600 grow in Japan. Bamboo was one of the first materials used and processed by humans and therefore closely related to the development of civilization, as it resulted in them being able to produce better shelters and tools to survive. Due to this early adaptation, over time many different art styles were developed with bamboo. 

Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants, sometimes growing up to 120 centimeters a day and reaching maturity within two to three months. It is hard and resilient, can be split finely and clean, and bamboo shoot can typically live for 20 years. Bamboo trees itself, depending on the species will live for anywhere between 3 and 120 years old.  

Rather than just appreciation for its practical features, bamboo itself became a symbol representing versatility in many different art forms. Together with Pine and Plum trees it formed the ‘Three Friends of Winter’, representing steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience in Chinese and Japanese Confucius artworks. Furthermore, in Japanese artworks, bamboo is often portrayed in rain or snow, to symbolize not just its flexibility and steadfastness, but also representing loyalty and being unbreakable.  

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Bamboo work is a Japanese art style applied to a wide variety of constructions, decorations and everyday items. From the 8th century onwards bamboo was specifically used for Buddhist rituals and the products required for them. Tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591, see also ‘Mino ware’ and ‘Setta sandals’) also influenced the application of bamboo through tea ceremonies and required utensils. 

Only in the 19th century, bamboo works was recognized and accepted as a traditional Japanese art form. It is now used in architecture (windows, walls, fences), hygiene objects (ear picks, toothpicks combs), personal items (shoes, hats, fans), baskets, chopsticks, food products (shoots), medication, and, traditionally, musical instruments and weapons. Different bamboo art styles have originated in different regions, and are now recognized as a local traditional art.

Suruga Bamboo Basketry

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Suruga Sensuji bamboo is characterized by the use of thin, round strips to create delicate and gently crafts. 

Its techniques take approximately 5-10 years to learn and are passed down from generation to generation through family businesses or apprentices. Experienced craftsmen know how and when to handle the bamboo and are capable of carefully splitting the bamboo extremely thin, creating the most beautiful and delicate of crafts.     

19 Item(s)

  • Japanese Classic Bamboo Lamp Hana no Mine

    Regular Price:

    $158.68

    This is a classic Japanese bamboo lamp typical for the Suruga Bamboo craft. The rounded bamboo splits are arranged not only to give the lamp a beautiful appearance but the patterns of the emitted light also are wonderful. The Hana no Mine Lamp is a wonderful addition to any living room.

  • Japanese Classic Bamboo Lamp Orchid Leaf

    Regular Price:

    $254.29

    This is a classic Japanese bamboo lamp typical for the Suruga Bamboo craft. The rounded bamboo splits are arranged not only to give the lamp a beautiful appearance but the patterns of the emitted light also are wonderful. The Orchid Leaf Lamp is a wonderful addition to any living room.

  • Japanese Classic Bamboo Lamp Kisaragi

    Regular Price:

    $254.29
    This is a classic Japanese bamboo lamp typical for the Suruga Bamboo craft. The rounded bamboo splits are arranged not only to give the lamp a beautiful appearance but the patterns of the emitted light also are wonderful. The Kisaragi Lamp is a wonderful addition to any living room.
  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Vase Kofuji

    Regular Price:

    $122.06
    This vase is a beautiful example of the Suruga basketry craft ware. It is very detailed and has a coating of urethane to protect the bamboo wood. By changing a little the composition of the coating, the colors differs letting appears a round moon-like shape on the stand. The vase has been produced in a perfect size so that it doesn't take too much place. It will enhance all flower arrangements and bouquets.
  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Wind Chime shaped like a Balloon

    Regular Price:

    $30.51

    This wind chime has a smooth balloon shape which is obtained by a long and complex process in order to bend the bamboo splints. It is equipped with a metal bell, which has a beautiful, long-lasting and relaxing sound. It is a beautiful fully hand-made art craft that will be a great decoration at your room or garden. The balloon shape is typical for the traditional craft called Suruga bamboo basketry.

  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Lamp Windchime

    Regular Price:

    $30.51

    This wind chime has a cylindric shape, just like the traditional paper lantern. It is a very nice object which you can hang on your window, balcony or in your garden. It creates a very nice atmosphere with its natural look and also is representative of the Japanese zen tradition with the soft sound of the bell.

    Miyabi Ando is a company owned by the Sugiyama family, their craftsmen are widely recognized for their excellent skills and expertise. Both those qualities are essential in order to create a beautiful Suruga basketry. Miyabi Andon has been recognized an official Suruga basketry producer in 1973 by the Japanese government.

  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Standing Windchime

    Regular Price:

    $109.85
    This wind chime is peculiar since it is a standing version with a curbed bamboo stand. It is produced by Miyabi Andon, a traditional Suruga basketry maker. This wind chime can be put anywhere and has a beautiful shape.
  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Standing Windchime

    Regular Price:

    $103.75
    This wind chime is peculiar since it is a standing version. It is produce by Miyabi Andon, a traditional Suruga basketry maker. This wind chime can be put anywhere and has a beautiful shape.
  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Handbag Halfmoon

    Regular Price:

    $476.03

    This handbag from Miyabi Andon, a Suruga basketry producer is very unique, it is all hand-made and done only on command. This kind of handbags is usually wear with kimono.

  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Handbag Town Beauty

    Regular Price:

    $500.45

    This handbag shaped like a small luggage is very handy as it is quite spacious. On the other hand is is extremely esthetics. This bag is fully hand-made and only on command. This kind of handbags re usually wear with a kimono but they also bring an original and traditional Japanese touch to a western outfit.

  • Small Bamboo Handbag

    Regular Price:

    $152.57

    This bamboo bag is very cute in a classic Japanese design. The natural beauty of the bamboo and the traditional dark blue color are in great harmony. The timeless design makes the bag a fantastic accessory to formal as well as to casual wear.

  • Round Bamboo Basket for Japanese Sweets

    Regular Price:

    $305.15

    This basket initially designed for serving sweets is made using the Awaji weaving technique. The weaving pattern on top is very beautiful and also provides stability to the cover. The outer parts is made with round bamboo splits whereas the bottom uses flat ones. Thicker bamboo parts are used to make the solid border that also hold the round splits.

  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Cage Windchime

    Regular Price:

    $43.74

    This wind chime with its cage shape has very beautiful details on each side, it is a refined product made with the best quality Mosochiku bamboo wood. The look of the wind chime as well as the sound of its bell makes this product a very natural looking ornament for your window, garden or balcony. Miyabi Andon is a company owned by the Sugiyama family of three generations, their craftsmen are widely recognized for their skills and expertise, two essentials qualities in order to produce the best quality of Suruga basketry products. Miyabi Andon has been recognized an official Suruga basketry producer in 1973 by the Japanese government.

  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Birdcage Windchime

    Regular Price:

    $40.69
    This wind chime looks like a bird cage and will fit perfectly in any garden or on any balcony. It is produced by Miyabi Andon, a traditional Suruga Basketry producer.
  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Vase Ichimatsu

    Regular Price:

    $152.57
    This vase produces by Miyabi Andon, a Suruga basketry producer has a beautiful natural color. It can be placed in both ways: with the rounded side on the front or with the flat side on the front.
  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Vase Mayu

    Regular Price:

    $183.09

    This vase produced by Miyabi Andon, a Suruga basketry, has a very nice shape and color. It fits western decorated environments as well as oriental, Japanese ones.

  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Vase Mai

    Regular Price:

    $142.40
    With a unique shape this vase is a beautiful ornament for your home. It is one of the masterpiece of Miyabi Andon, a Suruga basketry producer. Its black color is also unusual for bamboo basketry but it makes this vase a truly unique hand-made art craft.
  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Vase Hanagoyomi

    Regular Price:

    $131.21

    This vase produced by Miyabi Andon, a Suruga basketry producer is a sophisticated product with great color gradations. the shape of the vase also creates a pure, minimalistic image.

  • Miyabi Andon Bamboo Vase Mizutama

    Regular Price:

    $45.77
    This vase is produced by Miyabi Andon, a traditional Suruga basketry producer. It has a round, gentle shape and is perfect for supplementing your flower arrangements and bouquets.

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