“Japanese Bamboo: Tracing the legend of Beppu craftsmanship” Exhibition

  • (Temporary Exhibition)
  • When: 28 January - 25 April 2010 | 10:30-21:00
  • Where: Gallery 2, TCDC

Jointly organized by the City of Beppu, Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center and Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), the exhibition “Japanese Bamboo: Tracing the legend of Beppu craftsmanship”

Free Admission

Jointly organized by the City of Beppu, Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center and Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), the exhibition “Japanese Bamboo: Tracing the legend of Beppu craftsmanship” explores the process behind the success of Beppu’s famed handicrafts.

In 2008, sales of bamboo handicrafts made in the city of Beppu in Kyushu’s Oita prefecture totaled over 600 million yen, or roughly 234 million baht1. Traditional bamboo vases, contemporary sculptures and other works by some of Beppu’s best-known craftsmen have become highly sought after by collectors worldwide.

Each of these objects started out as an ordinary piece of bamboo, which is locally available in abundance. Turning that raw ingredient into a work of art requires tremendous attention to detail and a varied set of tools and techniques. Just as importantly, recognition of the value of this craft enabled local weavers to hone their skills, experiment with new designs, and develop their own distinct styles. Meanwhile, commitment to constant development and the tradition of master-apprentice training combined with modern education system help ensure that Beppu craftsmanship thrive in the contemporary world.

In addition, TCDC has curated a section entitled “Global Bamboo”, which illustrates the pivotal role of this fastest growing plant on earth in industrial design and everyday life of people all over the world in the age of global warming.

“Japanese Bamboo: Tracing the legend of Beppu craftsmanship” exhibition is open for viewing at Gallery 2, TCDC from 28 January – 25 April 2010.

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