Gifu ChochinGifu Lanterns
It was assumed opening that Gifu Chochin was made in Gifu in middle part of the 18th century and developed because Washi Paper, bamboo of raw materials were rich near.
It is said that lanterns with characteristic like the present considerably spread in the early 19th century. We are used for tray use and enjoying the cool breeze widely.
Gifu Chochin were first made by Juzo, a lantern maker in Gifu and the abundant supply of local bamboo and paper contributed greatly to the development of the craft. It seems that lanterns with similar features to those available today were in general circulation around the first half of the 19th century, and while some were used for the Obon festival or Festival of the Dead, others were simply lit to enjoy the coolness of a summer evening.
Intricately made and with an inherent purity of form, the paper or silk shades of the lanterns are decorated with sophisticated and beautifully colorful pictures of flowers, birds, scenery and people. The bamboo strips, which make up the frame, are extremely fine and the paper is very thin. The lanterns are either round or egg shaped. Even today, Obon lanterns are one of the main types of lanterns made along with others used at the Tanabata summer festival. The noryo lanterns are those with which to enjoy the coolness to a hot, humid summer evening, and still others are for decorative purposes.
|Industrial art object name
|Classification of industrial art object
||Lantern, Ouchi oriental lamp (oriental lamp)
|Main production area
||Gifu / Gifu-shi, Yamagata-shi, Mizuho-shi, Ginan-cho, Hashima-gun, Yanaizu-machi
|The designation date
||April 5, 1995
■local production associations
Gifu Chochin cooperative association
1-18, Ogumacho, Gifu-shi, Gifu
■Associated exhibit space, facility
Form is neat and clean, and work is precise, and beautiful coloring picture is put for burning place of a fireplace with beauty. Thin strip of bamboo becoming bone is thin, and paper is extremely thin, and pictures such as flowers and birds, scenery, person are described. Form is doing sphere or egg type.
The shape is tidy and trim, and the craftsmanship is exquisite. The fire box of the lanterns are decorated with elegant and beautiful watercolors. The frame is made of delicate bamboo strips, and the paper is extremely thin. Painted designs feature flowers and birds, landscapes, people, and more. They are made either round or egg-shaped.
How to make
At first we assemble dildo of lantern and wind up thin strip of bamboo in a spiral along groove chopped in model. We starch the rib made with thin strip of bamboo next and put Washi Paper or silk and cut part not to need. After we stencil or painting by drawing, and dying if lantern dries, and taking, and having incorporated ring of top and bottom, we attach accessories and are completed.
First, the form for the lantern is assembled, and the bamboo strips are wrapped in a spiral pattern following grooves in the form. Next, glue is applied to the bamboo strips, and washi paper or silk is pasted on, and the excess is trimmed off. Pictures are painted on either with a stencil or freehand, and when the lantern dries, it is removed from the form, and rings are attached to the top and bottom, then fittings are attached and the lantern is complete.
Voice from production center
Gifu Chochin that craftsmen who raised technique by being divided into specialized labors more make use of the subject matter and make gives heart of people moisture and ease by the beauty of elegant tradition when we turned on sense of the seasons and light.