Niigata [Metalwork] TSUBAME Tsuiki Doki (Beaten Copperware)

Art / Traditional crafts
Hokuriku-Shinetsu Nigata
Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square
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Beaten copper work began in the Tsubame area during the middle of the Edo era (1600-1868) when specialists from Sendai in what is today Miyagi Prefecture arrived in the area and passed on their skills. Kettles were some of the first items made using the locally mined copper.
During the latter part of the 19th century, an active exchange of ideas and techniques took place with other areas and Tsubame beaten copperware became an established art craft involving the technique of chasing. Subsequently this led to the development of a metal processing industry in the city.

In this craft, a single sheet of copper is transformed into a three-dimensional object, such as a kettle, simply by beating it with a hammer. Particular skill is required to form the spout and the body of the kettle from the same sheet. Other items produced today include pots, pans, jugs, flasks, cups and even stationery accessories.

TSUBAME Tsuiki Doki (Beaten Copperware) (details page)

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