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Edo Kiriko, the Japanese Cut Glass with Engraved Patterns

 

 

What is Edo kiriko?

 

Edo kiriko is a traditional Japanese cut glass.

The production began in 1834 since Kyubei Kagaya, who was the owner of a glassware store, started to carve glass. Since then, the production has widely spread in Edo where is today's Tokyo area as the skills of cutting glass and glass production have grown. In 2002, Edo kiriko was designated as Japanese craft.

 

Saihou is an Edo kiriko brand founded in 1971. The brand uses glasses that are produced in Japan and protects the highly-sophisticated skills of cut glass. The brand endeavors to pass down the tradition and also makes an effort to create new Edo kriko that fits our modern lives.

 

 

江戸切子 桜文様 ぐい呑(ピンクブルー/ペア)

EDO KIRIKO GLASS SAKURA PATTERN SAKE GLASS

 

 

The production of Edo kiriko

 

The production of Edo kiriko started from plain glass, which does not have any patterns. The glass for Edo kiriko has two layers for cutting; the external glass is colored and the internal one is colorless. An artisan carves the external glass for the pattern.

 

 

1. Rough drawing

 

 

The first step would be a rough drawing. Using a gold pen, the craftsman draws rough patterns on the surface of the glass. 

 

 

2. Cutting

 

 

The blade for cutting glass is made of diamond. Using several different sizes of blades, beautiful patterns are cut into the glass.

 

3. Smoothing

 

 

The surface of the glass is uneven after cutting. With a grindstone, the artisan makes the surface smoothen. This process would be the most important to make the beauty of Edo kiriko.

 

4. Polishing

 

 

With a polishing agent, the glass would be polished well and removes rough drawing. The glass finally becomes transparent with beautiful patterns.

 

 

 

Patterns of Edo kiriko

 

 

Grapes

 

江戸切子 葡萄文様 ミニオールド(むらさき/ペア)

 

江戸切子 葡萄文様 ミニオールド(むらさき/ペア)

EDO KIRIKO GLASS GRAPE PATTERN MINI OLD

 

Grapes with leaves are one of the representative patterns of Edo kiriko. As Edo kiriko has spread in Edo, many patterns of flowers and fruits have created. In Saihou, the pattern is the first step for newcomers to learn how to cut glass. The pattern would be the symbol of fruitful richness.

 

 

Cherry blossom

 

江戸切子 桜文様 天開タンブラー

EDO KIRIKO GLASS CHERRY BLOSSOM PATTERN TUMBLER

 

江戸切子 桜文様 ぐい呑(ピンクブルー/ペア)

EDO KIRIKO GLASS SAKURA PATTERN SAKE GLASS

 

Cherry blossom is a familiar tree for Japanese people. Many people enjoy seeing the tree blooms in spring. Not only when the flower blooms, but also when cherries fall from the trees, Japanese people feel the transient beauty of the flower. Saihou's Edo kiriko with cherry blossom expresses the aesthetics of the tree.

 

 

Yarai

 

江戸切子 重矢来文様 ミニオールド ペア

 

江戸切子 重矢来文様 ミニオールド ペア

PAIR OF EDO KIRIKO GLASS KASANE YARAI PATTERN

 

Yarai is a geometric pattern widely used in Edo kiriko. It originally indicates fence made of bamboo. You would find some of the design also have the pattern of swords on Yarai.

 

 

Kenbishi

 

江戸切子 剣菱魚子文様 天開タンブラー

EDO KIRIKO GLASS KENBISHI NANAKO PATTERN TUMBLER

 

江戸切子 剣菱星文様 ぐい呑み 緑

EDO KIRIKO GLASS KENBISHI STAR PATTERN SAKE CUP

 

Kenbishi is a diamond shape with sharply pointed edges. The edge imitates swords which have been thought as one of the sacred treasures in Japan. 

 

 

 

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投稿者: Ueda 日時: 2019年08月28日 11:00 | permalink

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