Pattern

Beauty of grooves

筋が織りなす立体の美

“Karmi” is a series of tea canister named after “Karumi” (Lightness), an important element of haiku style by haiku master, Basho Matsuo. This series offers 14 different types of shapes which correspond to the volume of tea or green tea. With the cap tightly closed, it takes advantage of the characteristic of wood, preventing the contents from the effects of outdoor air, such as humidity or temperature changes. This product produced by Gato Mikio received the German Design Award and has maintained its popularity. The texture created by grooves are made by a technique called “Kasyokubiki” which can only be made by a small group of craftsmen in Yamanaka. The product with its solid presence expresses the beauty of natural wood.

Kasyokubiki (Decorative technique)
Kasyokubiki is a traditional decorative woodturning technique which is unique to the production region of Yamanaka lacquerware whereby various designs are carved on turned wood base by using special edged tools. The varieties of patterns are estimated to be more than forty and named as “Hira-suji” or “Sen-suji”.

松尾芭蕉が提唱した俳諧理念、「軽み」から名付けられた「Karmi」は、紅茶や緑茶の容量に対応した14形状の茶筒のシリーズ。蓋部の密閉度が高く、湿度や温度など外気の影響を受けにくいといった木材の性質も活かしている。ドイツのデザイン賞を受賞するなど、発表から年月が経ってもその人気は衰えない。山中の職人にしかなしえない「加飾挽き」の技による質感が、木地の自然な美しさの中に、立体的な存在感を生み出している。

加飾挽き (かしょくびき)

山中漆器の伝統技法である、ろくろを用いる装飾技術。挽き物素地の表面に専用の刃物を使って多様な意匠を加える。平筋、千筋などと呼ばれるそのパターンは、40種類以上にもなると言われている。

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