London Craft Week 3-7 May 2016 is a beyond luxury showcase featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. Visit www.londoncraftweek.com to book tickets and sign up to the newsletter for the latest news, offers and events #LCW2016.
One of our events this year is Crafting Japan at Dartmouth House:
Four of Japan’s treasured cultural traditions are brought to London for the week, including Yamamotoyama who performs a tea ceremony, Kiya who demonstrates knife-sharpening, Ibasen who provides a display of fans, and Haibara who crafts Japanese Paper.
The folding fan was invented in Japan, some time between the 6th to 9th centuries, and the earliest visual depiction of fans in Japan dates back to the 16th century. With 500 of Ibasen’s fans in the British Museum’s collection this is an opportunity to see historic techniques at first hand and to ask questions. Kiya demonstrates knife sharpening in line with Japan’s countrywide grand tradition of metalworking.
Kahei Yamamoto opened his first store in Nihonbashi in 1690, where he made tea using Gyokuro-cha, the highest quality of green tea, Yamamotomaya demonstrates the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Originally found in 1806 as a retailer of papers, ink, and medicines, Haibara has been the Exclusive Washi Dealer for over 200 years. They became known in the Edo period for paper made from the Gampi plant which was widely used by writers and artists.