Japanese Cutglass Edo Kiriko

Hanashyo store and workshop Introduction

Are you familiar with Edo Kiriko? Learn about its origin and production process.

Edo Kiriko and Hanashyo
The origin of Edo Kiriko dates back to 1834 in the Edo period when Kagaya Kyubei, a glass artisan working in Odenmacho, Edo, used emery powder to produce glassware engraved with patterns.
In the approximately 150 years since the birth of Edo Kiriko, it has captivated the hearts of many people. It was not only the Japanese who recognized its beauty; Commodore Perry, who sailed his warships into Edo Bay in 1853, was deeply impressed by the artistry and elegance of Edo Kiriko. Perry's encounter with Edo Kiriko testifies that its artistic value has been recognized across borders.
Hanashyo's artisans continue to value traditional designs while devising their own unique patterns, with the aim of achieving harmony between the splendor and brilliant serenity of Edo Kiriko. The elegant beauty of our creations is beloved by many people. Furthermore, all of our pieces are carefully engraved and individually hand-cleaned without the use of hydrochloric acid. The careful attention we give to the production process reflects Hanashyo's commitment to craftsmanship and our effort to draw out the inherent beauty of Edo Kiriko.

The Production Process and Use of Traditional Patterns
Edo Kiriko is made by engraving patterns on the surface of colored glass that come in red, dark blue, violet, green, and blue. Colored glass is laid over clear glass before the engraving takes place. Although the electric grinder is used in the engraving process today, it is believed that in the past, the grinding machine was powered manually or by the use of water wheels.
The traditional patterns used in Edo Kiriko are based on common patterns utilized in the design of household items in the Edo period. Some of the most commonly used patterns are kagome (basket weave), yarai (arrow-shapes), and nanako (fish scales). These patterns originate from plant motifs, such as the chrysanthemum and hemp plant, and animal motifs such as fish. In other words, Edo Kiriko is an important traditional craft handed down over the generations, and it gives us a sense of life in the Edo Period.

Registration of Designs
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