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About Shikada Shitsurai

About Shikada Shitsurai

Shikada Shitsurai

 

Shikada Shitsurai is an original concept from Shikada Sangyo implemented in all of its interior furnishing brands. Based on Shitsurai, a traditional Japanese form of hospitality, Shikada Shitsurai offers new value to people and their lifestyles. We transcend the limits of traditional handicraft by perfecting every detail in the Shikada way.

 

Three Promises at Shikada Shitsurai

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Focus on Natural Materials

We place value on natural textures, and pay careful attention to using bamboo, rattan and other natural materials in Shikada Shitsurai interior furnishing.

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Solid Craftsmanship

Experienced artisans with backgrounds in Yame Sudare and other traditional crafts work with care to produce our Shikada Shitsurai selection by hand, including sudare blinds furniture, and other fittings.

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Bring the Spirit of Hospitality to Everyday Life

Shikada Shitsurai instills the spirit of hospitality in the living space around you, whilst also amplifying the comfort of nature through its design and functionality. Experience the passage of time and transition of the four seasons in a new light, while enjoying the caress of the wind, and the gentleness of sunlight.

 

Shikada Shitsurai’s DNA: Yame Sudare

Ever since the establishment of Shikada Sangyo, Yame Sudare has served as the basis for Shikada Shitsurai and has functioned as our core business. Yame Sudare originates in the same location as Shikada Sangyo’s Head Office: Yame, in Fukuoka, Japan. It has been recognized as a specialty craft of cultural significance by the prefectural governor. To be certified as Yame Sudare, a sudare blind must satisfy the following six conditions:

  1. Uses bamboo grown in the Yame Region
  2. Produced in the Yame Region
  3. Made with a foot-operated weaving loom
  4. Crafted using a traditional weaving method involving twisting the vertical strandwarps while working
  5. Produced with the bamboo nodes aligned by hand using a traditional node alignment technique
  6. The cloth at the edge of the blind is sewn on by hand

We created the new concept of Shikada Shitsurai based on the experience and knowledge, and DNA cultivated through Yame Sudare, and this concept permeates throughout all of our product brands.

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Shikada Shitsurai’s Roots

Shikada Shitsurai's Roots

Shikada Shitsurai's Roots

Shitsurai is a method of hospitality originating in the Heian period (794–1185 AD).

This practice aims at welcoming and bringing satisfaction to every guest on festive occasions by choosing a variety of interior decorations that incorporate the qualities of the natural world.

The sudare, or bamboo blind, is one form of decoration used in shitsurai. Sudare appear in the Manyoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves), an anthology of Japanese poetry compiled in the Nara period, one stage earlier than the Heian period. In the Heian period, sudare were known as “misu” and were used for partitioning rooms in the residences of nobility, as well as in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.

In later eras, sudare branched into two styles that each evolved separately. The first style focuses on uses as indoor furnishing, and the second focuses on functionality as a practical sunshade. In particular, sudare used for indoor furnishing further split into two modes: “misu” and “ozashiki sudare,” which are still in use today.

Shikada Shitsurai inherits the DNA of the traditional Yame Sudare craft while striving to create a unique form of shitsurai through design and functionality that fit with modern lifestyles.