This Japanese mid- century lacquered Hanakago or bamboo vase for an Ikebana decoration was made between the 1970's and 1980's according to the seller from Japan. A natural bamboo handmade, hand-wrapped Hanakago or basket vase is made by an artisan for ikebana flower arrangements. Historically, they were first made for the tea ceremony. This gorgeous baluster style vase has different tight weaves on top, then solid bamboo vertical pieces with weaving in between, on the bottom. It has a nice tight weave with different designs and directions of the weave across the vase for a true piece of stunning artistry. The bamboo vase when made, is first weaved of specially prepared bamboo that goes through many processes. Once weaved and dried it is coated with many layers of lacquer, this one in a gorgeous dark brown colour and for the long term protection and life of the piece. It almost looks like it is holding a glass vase which of course, it is not. I decided to open this piece and show it in our house today. In addition to being a big vase, it is gorgeous. The pictures do not do it justice.
The actual vase used to hold the water and flowers is inserted in the basket, this part as seen in the next to last picture. Flowers with water can be arranged in the inner portion, lose or styled with a metal frog or other design tool. The bamboo insert allows the continued safe water containment for your flowers without damaging the basket weaved vase. It can also be used without the vase for dry decorating. This piece at about 30-40 years old is in excellent condition with no weave pieces missing on either the basket or handling or unraveling. The insert is without cracks or chips and holds water well. There may be some surface wear or water stains because it is a used vintage item, please see the pictures for your condition report. A piece in very high demand and often comes with a very high cost tag. See more on our Favorite Links to the page on Ikebana. This is a tall size and a heavy piece:
SIZE: Basket: Height 13.4" or 34.03 cm, Diameter 8.9" or 22.6 cm, Weight 945 grams or 2.08 lbs.
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Hanakago is a Japanese bamboo basket, used for flowers and floral arrangements or ikebana written as生け花, traditionally tall and slim like a vase, with long, looped handles, but could be of varying shapes, including half-moon, boats or more fancifully of insects or animals; often made of different colors of bamboo woven in fanciful patterns, dating from the Muromachi period 1392-1573, they were and are often used in tea ceremonies.
Bamboo and Baskets- Over half of the 1200 varieties of bamboo in the world can be found in Japan. For an interesting read, see the section or chapter on Basketry and Bamboo work, in a book called 'Japanese Studio Crafts Tradition and the Avante Garde', by Rupert Faulkner. He discusses all the steps to how bamboo is prepared for making baskets, and the different types of bamboo most often used.
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