unic pieces made by highest handycraft
The Yan-li-phao fern, grows a long stem, tipped by just one dark green leaf. This strong fibrous stem is dried, skinned and trimmed to uniform length and diameter before vegetable dyes are used to stain the fern stem a black, brown or cream colour.
To weave the tsurumaki, yan li phao is split into strips and smoothened. The strips are woven onto a structure made of rattan.
These days only a very few craftsmen are skilled to work with that traditional material so every tsurumaki is a unique masterpiece.