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Kamakura-bori

Kamakura-bori

Isaku Kiuchi, third-generation artisan at Suisando. Kiuchi’s works have a palpable warmth, partly because of the teguri hand-carving method he uses to produce the basic shape instead of a lathe. Most of his designs express the movement of waters filled with latent energy, like calm seas and deep pools. They have the power to add flow to the spaces they inhabit.

Nishijin-ori

Takeo Suzuki, Seirinsha Traditional Textiles. Suzuki draws on Japan’s ancient heritage of textile motifs and artisanal skill to create designs that harmonize with modern aesthetics. He shares Nishijin-ori textile culture to the next generation as something that is always new. As befits a Nishijin-ori artisan, his workshop is stocked with threads of countless colors, and Suzuki works with skilled, experienced artisans to produce textiles imbued with the light of silk in a way that only Nishijin-ori can offer.

PRODUCER/DESIGNER

<p>Mami Otaki</p>

Mami Otaki

Based in Kamakura, Mami is AWAI’s producer. She is also the CEO of Delices de Mami. After working in PR for an apparel maker and store and menu development for food manufacturers, she struck out on her own as a freelance chef and food coordinator. She has produced countless spaces and menus bringing out the concept of their location, including Cafe Guri at the Kamakura-bori Hall. She currently engages in creative activities using the consistent color aesthetic she has cultivated working as a textile designer and space coordinator. At AWAI, she strives to listen to the “sound of the light” born of the interaction between Japan’s beautiful artisanal works and the people of the world, and share those traditions with future generations.

CREATOR

Film maker/video artist: Shin Yamane
Writer: Kyoko Sugimoto
Photographer: Masaharu Okuda


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