photo Plaited bamboo


Plaited bamboo basketry (amimono) is created by weaving together hundreds of strips of bamboo into patterns known as plaiting (ami). Various patterns and shapes can be created by using bamboo strips of different widths or thicknesses. The many styles of plaiting utilize bamboo’s pliability to produce beautifully patterned works.
Bundled strips of bamboo may be woven together to create bold, contrasting patterns.


  • 1.Strips of bamboo are cut to even thicknesses.
  • 2.The plaiting begins from the base of the piece.
  • 3.The body of the piece is woven together.
  • 4.Different strips of bamboo are used to create a tightly wrapped trim around the mouth of the finished piece.
  • Reference: Nihon Kōgeikai Higashi Nihon Shibu (Japan Kōgei Association Eastern Branch), ed., Dentō kōgei-tte nani? – miru, shiru, tanoshimu gaido bukku (What Are Traditional Crafts? –A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying). Unsodo, 2013.