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A Woven Bamboo Flower Vase by Kajiwara Koho (b.1935)

A Woven Bamboo Flower Vase by Kajiwara Koho (b.1935)

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Japanese bamboo crafting, known as "Takezaiku," is a traditional art form that involves the skilled manipulation of bamboo to create various functional and decorative objects. Craftsmen trained in this art carefully select bamboo of appropriate size and quality, then use specialized tools to cut, shape, and join the bamboo pieces. Techniques such as splitting, bending, weaving, and binding are employed to achieve intricate designs and durable structures. Bamboo crafting encompasses a wide range of items, including tea utensils, baskets, screens, furniture, and even architectural elements. Over hundreds of years Japan has raised this art from the status of a humble folk-craft to the very pinnacle of high art on an international scale. Kajiwara Koho, the craftsman who designed this piece, is a veteran in the field and an undeniable master of his art.

Born in a small mountain village in Oita Prefecture in 1935, Kajiwara Koho took up apprenticeship as a bamboo artist at the age of 17 under Iwao Kounsai. After studying for 10 years he opened his own workshop and has continued to produce high-quality pieces ever since, always pushing the bounds in search of perfect form, finish, and balance. Kajiwara says of his work, “Regarding the process of bamboo art, it is the preparation of splitting and stripping that is so difficult. Weaving and plaiting alone won’t make a person a “bamboo artist.” Resilience and the beauty of the plaited surface is what I consider the quintessential measure of bamboo art.”

In very good condition, this bamboo flower basket, woven with meticulous care is 6.5 inches at its wides point (16.5cm) and stands 8.5 inches tall (21.5cm). It comes as a stand-alone piece with no box but does have Kajiwara’s signature etched on one of the cross latices on the bottom of the basket.

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