From the tiny village of Torigoe, this hand-woven basket tote is made from sturdy suzutake, a variety of bamboo native to Japan. Roomy enough to hold picnic essentials and sturdy enough to hold its shape, the Torigoe tote is a beautifully constructed bag that reinvents the rural craft traditions of Japan.
Torigoe bamboo works are made by splitting each stalk of bamboo into quarters and then shaving them into strips. These strips are then knit together in a cross-hatch pattern that gives the baskets a weightless strength. Today the torigoe weaving tradition is upheld by specialist weavers, whose disciplined artistry keeps the craft alive and growingMaterials: bamboo