Handbook for the Appreciation of Japanese Traditional Crafts

This handbook “was written with the aim of promoting a better understanding of Japanese crafts by explaining special and unfamiliar terms in plain language. Typical works are introduced with explanations of the techniques used and the themes they explore.” Covers ceramics; textiles, dyeing, and weaving; urushi art; metalwork; woodwork and bamboowork; dolls; and ivory, kirikane, cloisonne, glass, gemstones, and ink stones. Each section includes photographs, definitions, history, and materials. From the Committee of the Japan Crafts Association (Nihon Kogeikai).

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