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Kyoto-Style Kasumi Sudare Bamboo Mat Making Experience

By Travel Kyoto
3.0/5
Price was undefined, price is now SG$59

Features

Free cancellation available
1h 30m
Mobile voucher
Instant confirmation
Multiple languages

Highlights

  • Chance to try a traditional craft that's rarely practised

  • Beautiful kasumi-style sudare with graduated colours

  • 2 lovely matching bamboo mats created by your own hand

  • Insights into an ancient art form & its historic uses

  • One-of-a-kind souvenirs that are easily rolled for transport

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided sudare mat making experience

  • What's included

    Materials to make 2 bamboo mats

  • What's included

    English instructions

  • What's excluded

    Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 9 and younger are not allowed.

  • Maximum group size is 5 people.

  • Options for hotel pick-up and drop-off and an English-speaking guide are available for an additional surcharge and can be arranged with Travel Kyoto when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • An additional surcharge for making extra mats is payable on the day of your activity.

  • This activity begins in Kameoka at Kawasaki Sudare, which is approximately 1 hour from central Kyoto by a combination of train and walking. You must make your own way to the meeting point.

  • Opening hours are from 10 AM–noon and 1 PM–5 PM. You will be able to arrange your preferred activity start time when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


What you can expect

Get the chance to handcraft your own sudare bamboo mats in the graduated kasumi style during this hands-on experience. Join professionals in a sudare factory and learn the techniques behind the traditional Japanese art before making your own set of 2 to take home.

Head to Kawasaki Sudare, one of the few remaining sudare factories in Japan, to learn the craft of mat-making from an expert. Sudare are screens or blinds woven from bamboo slats and braided yarn–although the art dates back 1,400 years in Kyoto, it is a rare form of traditional art now. A professional shows you how to braid the yarn before weaving the bamboo together with it.

As you watch, learn about the different styles of sudare, which create different visual effects. After your demonstration, get the chance to make your own mats in the graduated kasumi style. Choose your preferred colours for bamboo and yarn, then get to braiding and weaving. At the end of your session, you can take your mats, which roll up for easy transport, home with you as one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

Location

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Activity Location

  • Kawasaki Sudare
  • 14-3 Katahoko, Chihara Chiyokawa-cho
  • Kameoka Kyoto

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Kawasaki Sudare
    • 14-3 Katahoko, Chihara Chiyokawa-cho
    • Kameoka Kyoto

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