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Yame-sudare (traditional Japanese blinds)

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We introduce you to Yame-sudare, a traditional Japanese blinds produced with meticulous workmanship in Yame District, which is also known for manufacturing various bamboo handicrafts.

Intro

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Do you happen to know what Yame-sudare is?
It is a traditional handicraft produced with meticulous workmanship.
In today's episode, we will introduce you to this, Mayor-designated traditional item of Fukuoka, Yame-sudare.
 
Yame District is known for its production of traditional handicrafts utilizing bamboos, such as lanterns and butsudan. . .
Yame-sudare, also made of bamboos, has been a staple product of this region.
 

What is a Yame-sudare?

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Let's find out what a Yame-sudare is. . .
This is Mr. Shikada of Shikada Sangyo Inc.
Thank you for being here.
Thank you for having me.
How long have you been making Yame-sudare?
Since the Meijo period in this region.
Our business was established about a hundred years ago.
Long history. . .
Yes, indeed.
What make it so unique?
Yame-sudare is. . .
produced in Yame City; 
using only the bamboos of Yame,
weaved on a treadle loom,
with a technique called "nejiri-ami" (twist-weaving). . .
The nodes of the bamboo stalks are lined up,
and the borders are weaved by hand.
Such are the distinctive features of Yame-sudare.
The border designs are beautiful. . . 
This particular one is of Kurume Kasuri Textile,
which is produced in Hirokawa Town.
This is our collaboration Yame-sudare with Kurume Kasuri Textile. . .
Is it possible to take a look at the manufacturing process?
Yes, I'd be happy to show you.
Thank you.

Materials

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We are here at the manufacturing plant.
Those you have in your hands are. . .
The original material of bamboo is about 4-meters long.
We would cut them to a quarter of the length.
We then slice them into these thin sticks. The protruding side is the front.
We align them and match the colorations. Then we start weaving them together.
 

Weaving

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What's happening here?
Those carefully-selected bamboos are placed on this machine, and they are being weaved together into one big sheet.
Front side, back side, back and forth.
It's all determined by hands of the worker.
 

Bordering

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So, this is how bordering process looks like.
That's right.
What's important here?
It wrinkles when you hang it if not done correctly.
You have to stitch them with consistent speed and pressure.
 

Placement of the tassels to complete

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How long does it take to create one of these?
It's about one month including the process of cutting the raw material.
It takes that long. . .
Place the tassels, and it's completed.
These add so much elegance to it.
Very intricate yet such a comforting product.
I hope they become even more common in our daily life.
I will keep working toward it as well.
Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much.
 

Outro

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Yame-sudare - created with hands of precision and the method of tradition.
We look forward to making them an integral part of our lives.
Let us continue to support Yame-sudare.
 

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