Sofa Weaved with Bamboo
We were first shown Yagisawa’s works displayed on a shelf. They were mostly vases and baskets. The intricate weaving which resemble miniature paintings were astonishing, while some works are roughly woven and highlight the bamboo material. They give a sturdy impression emit a different kind of charm compared to the delicate ones.
Bamboo that Enables Sofa
Since the sofa is woven roughly, it becomes an indirect lighting when light is placed inside. The room is illuminated with a strange light bringing about an exotic atmosphere. “this is so interesting.” Said Nakata and did not move for some time. One would think an accurate plan is necessary, but Yagisawa does not draw a plan and says the only plan is in his head.
The charm of bamboo spread by a ring of people
Some artists were working in the studio. They quietly keep weaving the bamboo with skillful motions.
At the end of our visit, they showed us a documentary film about the works of the late Keizo Yagisawa who is the father and mentor of Yagisawa. The late Keizo Yagisawa learned the skills for bamboo craft and founded the base for bamboo craft in Ohtawara. His enthusiasm did not stop in Japan, but went on to teaching techniques of bamboo craft in poverty areas, which had no industry, in countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, and China.
- Yagisawa Chikugei Kobo--Masashi Yagisawa
- Ohtawara, Tochigi
- URL http://www.chikugei.com/