Flower Basket (Hanakago)

Hayakawa Shōkosai IV Japanese

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After World War II, the Hayakawa bamboo master Shōkosai IV moved from Osaka to Kyoto, where he established the new family workshop. He closely followed many of the examples made by his father, as in this coarse-weave flower basket made of smoked dwarf bamboo (hōbichiku) salvaged from demolished farmhouses, many of which were hundreds of years old. The rich brown color of the recovered dwarf bamboo is the result of long-term exposure to hearth or kitchen fires.

Flower Basket (Hanakago), Hayakawa Shōkosai IV (Japanese, 1902–1975), Smoked dwarf bamboo, Japan

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