TANIHATA / Kumiko

The beauty of light and shadow

Assembling people’s wishes one by one

 

The kumiko is a Japanese woodwork technique that goes back to the 8th century.

Having developed over a long period of time, kumiko refers to a sophisticated technique of grooving slit wooden pieces and arranging them in geometric patterns without nails as a form of wooden lattice decoration.

Despite its design in details, you will be surprised kumiko is so durable and long lasting.

Tanihata (established in 1959) is a leading company of kumiko, which have received various awards such as Prime Minister’s Award, the Good Design Awards in Japan and iF Design Award Gold Medal in Germany.

 

All products are made-to-order.

They are recommended for indoor use.

Each piece is assembled by hands of long experienced artisans with accuracy of 0.1mm.

Original patterns and size can be made upon request, please contact us for more details at info@simply-native.jp

 

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Usage

Partition / Wall decoration / Celling lattice / Sliding door / Part of furniture or door

 

Design

Tanihata and Simply Native Japan carefully selected 16 Asian auspicious motifs for all time.

 

Asanoha / Hemp Leaf

Since ancient times, the Asanoha motif has been used in holy rituals. The triangle denotes protection against evil, and Asanoha, an aggregate of triangles, conveys a meaning of strength and beauty. This is currently one of the most popular traditional designs as it can be used for a variety of purposes.

 

Goma / Sesami

Historically, the Goma motif was thought to bestow perpetual youth and longevity. The pattern is generally favored by restaurant as it augurs well for the health and longevity of their customers.

 

Sakura / Cherry blossom

The Sakura is the most popular flowering plant in japan. It is a long held belief that the rice deity resides i the cherry tree. The wish for a good harvest and prosperity is thus embodies in the Sakura pattern.

 

Shokko (Pattern from the Shu Dynasty of China)

The Shokko pattern, based on an octagon, derives from brocade woven in the Shu Dynasty of China. In China, where “8” is the most auspicious number, the octagonal lattice pattern was used in the Forbidden City where the emperors lived.

 

Sayagata (Pattern from silk fabric from the Ming Dynasty of China)

Sayagata was used in the production of silk fabric, called “Saya”, imported from China to Japan during the Ming Dynasty. Sayagata means “unbroken continuity”, is a slightly form of this pattern that represents a wish for household prosperity and longevity.

 

Izutsu / The square fence surrounding a well

The pattern originates from the square fence surrounding a well. Water being essential for life, it signifies protection of our daily lives. Also, money used to be referred to as a “coin fountain” and thus wishes for financial and business success are also incorporated in this pattern.

 

Wari-bishi / Combination of water chestnut

The diamond shape resembles the water chestnut leaf and fruit. Since the water chestnut is highly productive, it signifies prosperity, health and long life for our descendants. The “Wari-bishi” consists of a combination of large, medium and small diamond shapes that enhance this meaning.

 

Sanju-bishi / Water chestnut in three tiers

Formed from diamond shapes arranged in three tiers, the design refers to a wish for the prosperity, health and long life for our descendants. It is widely used at wedding ceremonies and in hotels.

 

Seikai-ha / Ever lasting waves

Waves express infinity and are associated therefore, with the hope for a happy and long-lasting life. And since waves resemble the shape of an open and ever-broadening fan, this auspicious design is much favoured.

 

Shippo / The seven treasures

The “Shippo”, or the seven treasures, as in Buddhist Scriptures, refers to gold, silver, lapis lazuli, crystal, agate, red coral, and carnelian. The treasures are represented by never ending circles and links, both of which have the same pronunciation in Japanese. This is considered to be an auspicious design, popular in Japan and elsewhere.

 

Kakuasa / The squared hemp leaf

The hemp leaf is a traditional Japanese design element that is thought to bring good fortune. Enclosing the leaf within a square (Kakuasa) is believed to enhance the stability of good fortune, and the aggregate of triangles denotes protection against evil. Therefore, much faith is placed in the hemp leaf pattern.

 

Rindo / The gentian

The gentian “Rindo” expresses the virtues of love, sincerity, justice and tolerance. As a digestive medicine is made from its roots, the flower is popular as a symbol of longevity.

 

Kagome / The woven bamboo baskets

A hexagram motif derived from woven bamboo baskets called “Kagome” is associated with driving away and protecting against evil, explaining why bamboo baskets used to be hung in front of entrance doors. And it is interesting to note that Kagome patterns are etched in the stone lanterns placed around the most prominent shrine in Japan, the Ise Shrine.

 

Mitsu-kude / The triangle

The triangle, which is the basis of Kumiko, has universal associations, including with the Greek number Pi, the Pythagorean Theorem and the Egyptian pyramids. The numeral “3” is regarded as an auspicious number in Japan and elsewhere.

 

Fundo / The old weight

As the “fundo” or weight used to weigh gold and silver symbolizes wealth, this motif has been used for family crests and similar applications. Old weights are rounded and beautifully shaped with two hollowed sides. Fundo is a pattern where weights are linked with “wa”, or hoops, the pronunciation of which is the same as the word for peace in Japanese.

 

Tsumi-isi Kikko / The turtle shell

The hexagon, derived from the shape of the segments of the turtle shell called “kikko” has long been an auspicious design motif because of the long line of the turtle. There is a famous proverb saying “ Turtles live ten thousand years, and cranes one thousand years.” And so those who protect themselves, as turtles do within their shells, may enjoy longevity and health, Also, as the motif symbolizes a bank note, it is thought to bring economic fortune.

Size

W300 x D300(mm) to W1200 x D2400(mm) / Custom made

Wood

Canadian Cedar / Japanese Cypress / Japanese Cedar / Jindai Cedar (a very rate tree that grow under ground for over 1000 years)

 

Contact us for more details at info@simply-native.jp