筑後和傘 Chikugo Japanese umbrellas

Chikugo Wagasa (Japanese umbrella) is a traditional craft from the Chikugo area of ​​Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu. The origin of Chikugo Wagasa is said to have started when the priest of the local Hiyoshi Shrine started as a side business in the early Edo period.

These beautiful and practical umbrellas are made using only Japanese natural materials such as bamboo, Japanese paper, lacquer, oil, glue, thread, and persimmon tannin, and it is crafted with more than 100 complicated processes. Matake, a type of bamboo, used for the bone and patterns, was available via the Chikugo River, and areas famous for Japanese paper and persimmon tannin were nearby, making it a major production area for Japanese umbrellas.

筑後和傘(ちくごわがさ)は、九州福岡県の筑後地域の工芸品です。江戸時代初期、地元の日吉神社の神官が副業として始めたのが起源と言われています。

竹・和紙・漆・油・糊・糸・柿渋といった日本古来の自然素材を用いて作られ、複雑な100以上の工程からなる細工が施された美しさと実用性を兼ね備えています。柄や傘骨の材料となる真竹が筑後川経由で入手できたこと、和紙や柿渋の名産地が近かったことなどを背景に、和傘の一大生産地となりました。