Musubi Kame Vessel I
Musubi Kame Vessel I by Takahashi McGil is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. For this piece, the Takahashi McGil duo were very much inspired by ritualistic and utilitarian vessels containing vessels, in particular an Ethiopian wooden milk container. They found that many of the items which caught their attention were related to liquids, with water being the most essential. Takahashi McGil’s vessel has five small handles to hold a bespoke, handmade rope made from willow bark. The rope not only relates to the milk container but is also associated with Japanese ‘Shimenawa’ rope, traditionally made from rice straw or hemp. It can be found all year round, but especially for New Year and celebratory events, shrines and spiritual places. The rope is handmade using willow bark, with great assistance from renowned basket maker Hilary Burns.
Material: Lime, urushi, rope, willow bark
cm: Width 28.5cm, Depth 28.5cm, Height 24.5cm
inches: Width 11.2in, Depth 11.2in, Height 9.6in
Care Instructions: Dust with lint free cloth. Do not leave in strong sunlight, in very dry places or near direct heat sources.