photo Parallel construction


Parallel construction (kumimono) is a method of bamboo basketry in which separately prepared bamboo components made of parallel elements are interlaced. The components are constructed using a technique called “comb plaiting” (kushime-ami), in which thicker, sturdy strips of bamboo are evenly spaced, and then the edges are tied together with rattan. Parallel construction allows for more complicated shapes and polygonal forms that highlight the lines and curves of the bamboo elements. Adding a handle to the design incorporates space into the finished piece.


  • 1.Strips of bamboo are tied together to create the parts.
  • 2.The parts are joined and fastened together.
  • 3.The edges of the piece are secured with a tightly wrapped trim.
  • 4.The completed piece is coated with lacquer.
  • 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.