Process for producing bamboo products
How to make high quality bamboo products? What is craftsmanship? Let us introduce the process for producing bamboo products.
Cutting down bamboo trees
Making bamboo products starts with making good bamboo trees. Cutting down 3- to 4-year old bamboo trees.
Bamboo tree mountain
Developed bamboo forest.
Removing bamboo oil
Boil bamboo with caustic soda and wipe off oil seeped out of bamboo.
Bamboo color will be turned into white after removing oil and solar drying.
Selecting and cutting bamboo.
“ARAWARI”- rough cutting
Cut bamboo into half until it becomes very thin and make “Takehigo”, thin strips of bamboo.
“HABATORI”- make bamboo same width
Make thin strips of bamboo same width by using tools called “Kintori”
After cutting bamboo roughly, cut and strip it thinly. Make thin strips of bamboo same width. These processes are called “Arasogi”, “Kowari” and “Usuhagi”.
Strip “Takehigo” by a knife.
Plaiting from the bottom
Basically as making flower vases, start plaiting from the bottom. This circular plaiting method is called “Rinkoami”.
In order to plait sterically, start plaiting from the bottom to the top.
Making rim of the bamboo products.
Finishing the rim
Finishing the rim according to the craftsman’s design.
Plaiting depends on the size of containers.