To-kogei (Rattan Crafts) (Yamagata City)
Japanese rattan furnishings and crafts were born from a collaboration between East Asia's rattan and the techniques of Japanese artisans.
The history of rattan crafts in Japan is said to date back more than 1,000 years, however, it was only during the Meiji period in 1868 that they diffused into people's daily lives. Along with the introduction of rattan furnishing production techniques from China, the ease at which rattan materials could be obtained from East Asian countries led to the production of rattan goods and chairs. Rattan art crafts incorporating traditional vine work techniques are produced at the Tsuruya Shop, which started its business in 1907.
Items in the Togenkyo (Utopia) series are made in the traditional way through bending, knitting, and winding techniques.
Rattan, grown at East Asia and belonging to the palm tree family, has a light, hard and moldable nature. Tsuruya Shop produces the Togenkyo series, adapted to the modern life style while employing traditional techniques of vine work, such as bending, knitting and winding.
●Chairs ●Seiza Chairs (low chairs for tatami mat rooms)(wide, large, small) ●Tsukamari Stands (portable handrails)