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 Kiriko

Edo Kiriko Photo

On colored glass, a path of light is engraved.
Edo Kiriko (cut glassware), born in the 19th century, is a craft that drew from a European cut-glass technique. Another Kiriko product tradition is found in the Satsuma (currently Kagoshima Prefecture) area outside of Edo. While Satsuma Kiriko lost the patronage of those in power at that time and the tradition was temporarily suspended, Edo Kiriko maintained its popularity as everyday products having simple beauty for ordinary people and its tradition has been handed down to today’s generation. Including the Nanako pattern, which looks like a series of fish eggs in a reflected light, a range of some 20 traditional patterns inspire gaiety at the modern dining table. Craftsmen are keen to manufacture new products using original cuts in addition to inherited traditional patterns. Whereas Satsuma Kiriko uses a shading technique to cut Irokise (colored) glass 2 mm to 3 mm thick, Edo Kiriko creates sharpness and clear shininess, created by fine carving of colored glass of a little less than 1 mm thick. Kiriko is popular because it reflects the light like a kaleidoscope when seen from above and Kiriko’s simple beauty, created by designs on the transparent glass, is once again being highly acclaimed. Craftsmen are manufacturing vessels of various shapes, for sake, beer, and wine, and are exploring durable designs that are also convenient for everyday use.
Edo Kiriko Cooperative Association
Address: 18-10, Kameido 4-chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo