Cutting

One of the features of Satsuma kiriko is delicately cut patterns, such as latticework and designs made up of small dots, on the surface of the glass. These patterns are made with the use of a wheel. Artisans must have a high level of skill because the glass is cut from beneath and the thickness of overlaid colored layer makes it difficult to see the grinder.

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Nanako mon-you (small dots pattern)

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Kikka mon-you (chrysanthemum pattern)

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Hakkaku-kagome mon-you (octagonal pattern: literally patterns of bamboo woven baskets)

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Rokkaku kagome mon-you (hexagonal pattern: literally patterns of bamboo woven baskets)

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Sayagata mon-you (traditional interlocking swastikas pattern

Sasanoha mon-you (bamboo leaves pattern)

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Kenni matsugasa mon-you (swords and pine corns pattern)

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