Kaba ZaikuAkita Cherry-Bark Work
As for the Kaba Zaiku, it is considered to be opening at the end of 18th century that technique was introduced into Kakunodate from the Ani district of North Akita by Satake north house.
Kaba Zaiku which was under the protection carefully spread out to the lord of a castle of Satake north house as side business of low-class samurai. When the Meiji era began, work that it might be said that it was today's model came to be made by having wrestled in earnest because samurai who lost salary got income.
It seems that Kaba Zaiku goes back to the end of the 18th century, when the techniques were passed on to the people in Kakunodate by the Satake Kita-family from the Ani district in the north of Akita Prefecture.
The production of cherry-bark goods was given the patronage of the feudal lord to which the Satake Kita- family was attached and was taken up by lower-ranking samurai, firstly as a part-time occupation. Then at the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912) this work became a major source of income for them after they lost their warrior status. They then started to produce the prototypes of today's cherry-bark goods.
Made from the bark of wild cherry, this work cannot be found anywhere else in Japan. There are about twelve different types of bark including amekawa, chirashikawa and hibikawa, the choice of bark depending of the article being made. The variations of the bark mean that no two pieces are ever the same. Nearly always applied to a carcass, many different articles can be made using this very appealing natural material but one of the most effective celebrations of its qualities is for tea caddies.
|Industrial art object name
|Classification of industrial art object
||Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork
|Main production area
||Akita / Senboku-shi
|The designation date
||February 26, 1976
■local production associations
Kakunodate industrial arts cooperative association
Mountains of Kakunodatemachi, Senboku-shi, Akita outside 18
■Associated exhibit space, facility
We cannot see elsewhere in the country made using peel of a tree of wild cherry tree. There are approximately 12 kinds such as rain skin, handbill skin, crack skin of, and leather kind of tree can use properly depending on use. Finished work does not have the same thing.
Kaba Zaiku cherry bark products, made from the bark of the Yamazakura mountain cherry tree, are one-of-a-kind in Japan. There are over twelve varieties of bark used in producing Kaba Zaiku wares including varieties such as candy skin bark and torn bark, each chosen in accordance with the design. Thanks to their hand-crafted process, no two products are alike in the world.
How to make
We sharpen peel of a tree of wild cherry tree and engrave thing which puts only skin of thing and tree which we put on the surface of bare wood as for several levels, and repeated and we polish and finish.
First, the bark of the Yamazakura mountain cherry tree is peeled. Then using only the bark and decorations on its surface, countless layers are made, and then the shape carved, and then polished for finishing.
Voice from production center
You avoid direct rays of the sun to have you use habitually for a long time, and please sometimes wipe with tender cloth in direction of leather eyes. Is peculiar to birch; is shiny.