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Why Satsuma Kiriko is not a traditional craft

Why Satsuma Kiriko is not a traditional craft The reason why Satsuma Kiriko is not a traditional craft. Because the term “tradition craft” is used to refer to more than one type of craft, there is some confusion about its meaning. We would like to explain about those “traditional craft”. Although “traditional craft” is used broadly to refer to a general type of product, there are also “prefecturally-designated traditional crafts” which are unique to certain prefectures and have been made continuously for a specified amount of time. According to the Act on the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries (Act No.57, May 25, 1974), he Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry    […]

Traditional Artisans

Traditional Artisans The crafts are manufactured by hand with traditional techniques. While it takes a long time for artisans to acquire the skills, it’s getting harder and harder to secure and train successors of the traditional crafts due to the decline in demand for the traditional crafts. “Traditional Artisans” are certified after passing “The Traditional Artisans Accreditation Examination” by the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries. Artisans are required to have at least 12 years of experience in creating traditional craft to be qualified to take the examination.   National Association for Japanese Traditional Artisans and Local Association for Japanese Traditional Artisans Accredited Traditional Artisans must organize or    […]

History of Edo Kiriko

Edo Kiriko was fosterd in the urban culture among the townspeople, and during the Meiji era (mid-19th century), the craft introduced not only Western equipment and instruments, but also their technique while preserving traditional techniques and has been passed down to the present time. First of all, an expert glassblower blows clear glass into a paper-thin shape of colored glass and then rotates this in the air to make the overall form. The result is a two-layer structure with colored glass on the outside and clear glass on the inside. By cutting patterns into the outside surface with different kinds of whetstones, a vivid contrast is created between the colored    […]

History of Satsuma kiriko

Kiriko is the Japanese name for cut glass that has incised ornamentation on its surface. The Shimazu clan (Kagoshima prefecture) began manufacturing Satsuma kiriko in 1846 when Shimazu Narioki (1791-1859), the tenth lord of the Shimazu clan, recruited glass artisans from Edo (Tokyo). Books from Nagasaki that described foreign glass manufacturing techniques were also consulted. Shimazu Nariakira(1809-1858), the eleventh lord of Shimazu clan, also promoted the craft and succeeded in coloring of crimson, indigo, purple, green, and yellow. The beautiful Satsuma kiriko, also called Satsuma garasu or Satsuma biidoro, was a very advanced product for the time. Many noble people loved the glass and sent it as gifts to feudal    […]