Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Edo Sudare

Edo Sudare Photo

Neither closed nor opened: this is a real comfort.
A Sudare (slatted blinds), hung from a house frontage or outdoors, is used as a sunshade, a blind, or can even serve as a divider within a room. It has a long history, with Sudare being mentioned in the Man’yōshū, the oldest anthology of Japanese Waka poetry, compiled in the 7th through 8th centuries. Sudare became popular among the general public after the 17th century. While KyoSudare (Kyoto-style) hasluxuriant designs for court nobles culture, Edo Sudare (Edo-style blinds) caters for everyday living and is characterized by convenience and simple designs. Screens are tailor-made according to living environment and lifestyle and materials, including bamboo, reed, or bush clover, selected to suit specific applications. Bamboo is seasoned for three years to attain the ideal color and sufficient hardness to enable cutting, and braiding methods are chosen accordingly. Finished Sudare breathes well and helps to create a comfortable space when the aroma of the natural material wafts on a pleasant breeze. Different from Yoshizu (slatted blinds), which is designed to be leaned against a house frontage, Sudare places importance on merging into daily life as an interior fitting and features a kind of taste – “not only looking but also feeling cool” – in addition to its practical application. Tapestries and place mats are being manufactured utilizing techniques accumulated in response to the changing needs of the times.
Edo-style Blinds Industry Association
Address: c/o Tanaka Sudare Inc. 18-6, Senzoku 1-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo