Kumiko is a traditional Japanese technique, made of many wooden bars crossed and laid to form various designs and expressions.
No nails or metal pieces are used, and the wooden parts are put together by adjusting grooves and angles.
At Yoshihara Woodworking, we make fittings with these traditional kumiko techniques, and original items that acquaints with architectures of today.
Inheriting the tradition, and making use of the tradition.
We will keep on challenging in various fields.
Long ago in the Heian period, this pattern was used in aristocrats’ clothing. The Gentian flower pattern forms a round shape when repeated in a row. Also, with the charming starry shape, it is used in jewelry shops too.
The impressive sharp line is said to be inspired from the cut-end shell pod of a sesame. Brought to Japan in the 6th century and valued for it’s efficacy on health, sesame was a precious ingredient.
Seven treasures and tortoise shell
Shippo means the seven treasures shown in Buddhist scriptures. It metaphors the never ending immortal chain, wishing for people’s relationships to spread in harmony.
From the fact that the hemp grows straight, it was used commonly in baby’s clothes. Told to keep the evil away, it has been a popular pattern from long ago, used in fabric and lacquer designs.
“Sakura”, presumably the most renowned flower in Japan, blossoms and falls beautifully. The plumpy bud gives a charming impression.
Said to be designed from the water chestnut fruit and leaf. The 2 sized diamond shape chains to make a simple and playful pattern, which fits European styled rooms perfectly.
Double lined diamond
The bold line and thin line run along beautifully like parent and child. The lines form an irregular graphic, appearing in a traditional yet modern impression.
In language of flowers, the plum means “Nobility, elegant, glamorous”. Our original design of this charming and aromatic, long beloved plum gives a soft accent to space, and is popular especially among women.
Three sided lattices are joint together, assembling many triangles. This pattern is often used as a base to add leaf motif decorations on to, but it stands out nice and simple on itself as well.
The paulownia tree was told to nest the phoenix, so the pattern was only allowed to be used near the emperor back in history. The noble and traditional pattern favors the beauty of Japanese rooms, but definitely shows presence in modern spaces too.
Bishamon Tortoise shell
3 tortoise shell shapes are combined to make this pattern, wishing for an everlasting prosperity. Also, it is related to the god of victory, Bishamon’s armor design.
Multi-flower and tortoise shell
A combination of characters, animals and plants are included in this pattern, expanding the design with history. “Yae” means “many”, and the pattern requires the utmost technique and time.
Triple lined diamond
The design looked like a collapsed “sangi”, wooden blocks used for Chinese mathematics. Now the number “3” is used instead because the lines of 3 grouped horizontally and vertically form an array.
Square hemp leaf
Hemp leaves drawn inside squares. Frequently seen in traditional writing room’s shoji. The square hemp’s unique feature is that it can form in lines or checkered patterns.
Snakes in copulation are drawn in this pattern. In the Jomon-era, it is said that people believed their ancestral spirits were snakes. The “shime-nawa”, straw decorations used in Japanese new years, comes from the snakes copulation, and wishes for prosperity in descendants.
The vast ocean, and calm waves coming and going are drawn, as a wish for a peaceful life to last. Simple but nostalgic, it recalls to us the blessings of the ocean.
The seven treasures written in Buddhist scriptures are “Gold, Silver, Lapiz lazuli, Coral, Agate, Crystal, Clam that is said to live for 1000 years”. This very lucky pattern expresses the eternal and expanding chain and relationships growing with harmony.