The Delicacy of Kumiko Latticework (4'24")
Kumiko is a traditional Japanese woodcraft technique in which no nails are employed, creating complex patterns using just thin pieces of wood. The technique has been used to decorate buildings for centuries, and is still much loved for its warm feeling and eco-friendliness. Okawa City in Fukuoka, historically known for its woodworking industries, is also famous for its kumiko tradition. Here, we meet two kumiko artisans: one, the seventh generation of a craft family who is breaking ground with her new designs, and another who uses kumiko techniques to create products like lamps and screens more suited to modern interiors. This craft with a long history is constantly evolving.