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Shippo (kumiko)

Shippo (kumiko)

Regular price ¥275,000
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Hinoki cypress box decorated with auspicious formations. The shippo pattern, named after the seven treasures in Buddhist scriptures, adorns the lid, embodying wishes for harmony, balance and good relationships. Carefully constructed using kumiko, a technique for assembling wooden pieces without the use of nails, the geometric design comes to life through the finest craftsmanship.

Sized to accommodate A4 documents, the box opens to reveal the sweet scent of hinoki cypress.

Size: W359×D359×H79.5 [mm]
Material: hinoki cypress

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Kumiko is a traditional technique for assembling wooden pieces without the use of nails. Combining blocks of coniferous trees such as Japanese cedar and hinoki cypress can yield more than 200 unique geometric patterns, which feature on shoji screens, ranma panels and other architectural elements. The slightest misalignment can affect a design immeasurably, making kumiko not only an art of precision, but a technique based on a deep understanding of the properties and processing of various woods.


Yoshihara Woodworks

Founded in 1958 in the city of Hamada, Shimane prefecture. In a workshop nestled in the hills, the company mainly produced wedding furniture in its early years, and is now known for fittings such as shoji screens and kumiko. Keiji Yoshihara, the second-generation master, renovated the facilities to “create an environment where craftspeople can work with pride”. The spacious studio is now also a training ground for many future artisans.


Usage precautions

- Due to the handmade nature of this item, some natural variations may occur.
- Place the item on a safe, stable surface.
- If the item becomes wet, dry it immediately. Allowing the item to remain wet will result in mould forming.
- The item is made from soft, unfinished wood, so please handle it with care.
- To remove dust, clean gently with a feather duster or similar tool that uses static electricity, or use an air sprayer.
- To remove dirt, use a well-wrung cloth.
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and heat as this will result in discolouration and deterioration.