Beauty of grooves


“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”.


加飾挽き (かしょくびき)


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