Bamboo Square Basket Bag
Bamboo basket totes with leather handles are one of the most unique and elegant items we have found that are created by hand combining the traditional and modern techniques and ideas. Bamboo is one of the most characteristic plants of Japan and high quality Madake - a type of bamboo these bags are created with - are grown predominantly in Beppu City of Oita prefecture in Kyushu, where the bamboo craft artist Tamotsu Nishimoto is based. Bamboo is very strong (unlike rattan although they look similar) and and it ages beautifully, if treated well these bamboo totes that are created using techniques of the Beppu Bamboo Ware - a governmentally designated traditional craft of Oita- can be enjoyed for a life-time.
The totes are big enough to carry A4 size notebooks (for the width) plus other everyday necessities in a square shape body.
The basket is made with madake bamboo from Oita prefecture with natural finish without any coating or painting. The surface although left uncoated it has toughness that resembles that of enamel or glass and water or dirt can be easily wiped off. (If left wet for a while the colour of bamboo may get darker but it will be back to what it was before after it dries.)
Handles are made of natural leather. You can choose the colour of the handles from either dark blue (navy) or natural which will turn lovely brown colour as you use it.
After 10 to 20 years bamboo will age beautifully and will be a lovely and shiny caramel brown colour so you can enjoy the changes over time.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tamotsu Nishimoto produces beautiful bamboo wares -bags and baskets for everyday use- in Beppu, Oita prefecture. Originally from Chiba a neighbor prefecture of Tokyo, after working for an electronic manufacturing company Tamotsu moved to Beppu to be trained for bamboo ware making and became a bamboo craft artist and started his own brand Tamotsu Seisakujo Bamboo Works in 2010. His signature items are the bamboo basket totes with leather handles, which are unique amongst many other bamboo baskets created all over Japan. People order his bags at his exhibitions and events all over Japan even though the wait can be 6 months or sometimes more.
Measurements (Approximately): 36cm (W) x 13cm (D) x 15cm (H) / 14"(W) x 5" (D) x 5.9" (H), Handle is 14mm/0.55" wide and 27cm/10.6" (from the top of the basket to the top of the handle).
Materials: Bamboo, cow leather, cork (used on the bottom in the inside).
Handcrafted in Oita, Japan