Born in 1915, Hiroshima Kazuo is a professional basketmaker in the Hinokage region on the Japanese island of Kyushu. This book celebrates the life of this master bamboo craftsman and integrates the story of his career with a chronicle of life and ...
times in a now-rare mountain culture. Photographs illustrate scenic views of Hinokage, tools and materials essential to the professional basketmaker and a comprehensive collection of Hiroshima's baskets. The book captures the art of basketmaking through Hiroshima's life and presents ethnography and cultural history as well. Using local bamboo he crafted the basket shapes most in demand in the rural Hinokage region - backpack baskets and hip baskets meant for farming, harvesting, and transporting, round shallow baskets and sieves for kitchen and farmyard tasks, and fishing traps, creels and storage baskets.
Number of pages: 160
Date of publication: 1995-01-xx
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