2014 No.14


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Souvenirs of JapanSouvenirs of Japan


Edo Kiriko

Photo by Horiguchi Hiroaki  Collaboration: Edo Kiriko Cooperative Association

Kiriko began in the first half of the 19th century and lives on today as a traditional form of Japanese glass art. Patterns engraved as grooves and curves on the glass bend and reflect light, creating a twinkling, glittering show. Cut glass products brought to Japan from the West sparked the imagination of artisans in Edo (now Tokyo) and launched them on their own ventures, using emery powder as an abrasive.

The intricate geometrical lines engraved with minute detail by expert artisans and the vibrant yet transparent colors make Edo Kiriko truly special. When natural light shines through, it takes on a soft gleam, and evening dinner tables are transformed into works of art. Cut glass works made in Japan will add sparkle and enjoyment to your home.