Toyooka Kiryu Wicherwork
Kiryu are the stocks of osier, a type of willow. Found all along the fertile Maruyama River in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture, osier is noted for its suppleness and strength, which make it ideal for wickerwork. The Toyooka area has long been known for its products woven from kiryu, most especially yanagi gori, a traditional wicker trunk originating in the Edo period (1600-1868) for storing or carrying clothing. Today, kiryu is used mainly for modern baskets or interior decorations.
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