Mage-wappa ware

A traditional Japanese technique called Mage-mono is hand bending of thin wood made of Japanese cedar called Sugi or Japanese cypress called Hinoki. Akita prefecture is famous for its production of high quality cedar with beautiful fine grain texture. Mage-mono ware made in Akita is especially called Mage-Wappa, originated for the purpose of making lunch boxes for loggers and is created by bending the cedar then sewing prunes' barks. It flourished as a product by low-ranking Samurais as a side job about 400 years ago and its technique were inherited by Japanese crafts men. To complete the product there are 11 steps starting from sawing of the wood, then the process of bending of the wood and finally the steps of finishing.

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