Product name: Hand-woven bamboo storage/bento box
Artist: Yuki Matsuda (松田由紀)
Material: Japanese white bamboo
Small - L15cm x W11cm × H7.5cm
Large - L19.5cm x W13cm × H10cm
Notes: Please be noted that due to the nature of handcraft, the dimensions and patterns of each piece may vary. Sometimes, the shape/structure might have a sense of distortion when looking at the piece. However, it's NOT a faulty but the nature of 100% handmade with love.
How to use?
- When using the "kakumono" as bento boxes to store origiri rice balls or sandwiches, please remember to insert a layer of baking paper or wax paper inside the bamboo container before putting the food in.
- They are also commonly used to store small items in a pantry, keys, accessories, needles and threads, stationeries, etc.
Maintenance and care instructions:
- The colour of bamboo strips will turn into a darker tone/caramelised colour over time. It's also an enjoyment to observe the natural change when nurturing a piece of beautiful handcrafted work.
- After each use, please leave the bamboo containers/baskets in a space with good ventilation. Use a soft damp cloth to wipe off the dirt/stains if any.
- DO NOT soak in water.
- NOT dishwasher/oven/microwave safe.
"Kakumono" (i.e. square container) is a traditional handcraft which is famous in Kyushu Prefecture since the Meiji Era in Japan. It uses a fire-bending technique to shape the curvy lines of bamboo strips and then to assemble them. It was commonly used to store and carry tofu back in the old time. Thanks to the excellent breathability and the use of natural materials, "kakumono" helps to drain water whilst protect the fragile texture of tofu. Nowadays, "kakumono" are more widely used in Japanese people's daily life. They are popular as bento boxes and storage baskets.