In this technique, multiple plaited elements are created and then joined together. A plaiting style called kushime-ami (comb-teeth plaiting), where fairly thick, strong strips are evenly spaced, is used to create the form, and then the edges are hemmed with rattan bark, to create each part. More complex and polygonal forms can be created with this technique, utilizing the straight lines and curves of bamboo.
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A handle added to the completed work makes it seem connected to the interior around it.
How to do kumimono
"What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo ／ List of works English translation: Kazuko Todate (Art critic / Art historian)