Netsuke or ‘Roots for fastening’ is a miniature yet exotic toggle, used in combination with the Obi to hold the Sagemono, a purse, pouch or an ‘Inro’ which is suspended by an elaborately carved Netsuke. To keep the Sagemono from slipping, the bead or Netsuke was used with the silken cord to keep it in place.
Netsuke traces its roots to the Edo period (17th to 19th century) and famed for the artistic and intricate beauty, the utility of the Netsuke was mitigated after the traditional Japanese dress –Obi and the Kimono went out of fashion. The change in attire made Netsuke a collectible instead of being a utility item.
There is a wide range of materials used to craft Netsuke but usually Mammoth ivory, wood, lacquer and Jade is used. With over 8 traditional varieties of Netsuke that range from Katabori, the figural netsuke to Kyogen or Noh masks and Kagamibuta Netsuke. The most collectible is the Katabori Netsuke, with each figure clearly detailed and handcrafted.
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