Satsuma Kiriko Glass

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Kagoshima | Satsuma Kiriko Glass

Kagoshima | Satsuma Kiriko Glass

Satsuma Kiriko Glass is a type of glassware produced in Kagoshima Prefecture. Satsuma Kiriko is known for its delicate, overlaid beautiful colored glass. It was first produced during the Edo period by the powerful Satsuma Clan. Feudal lord Shimazu Narioki gathered glass craftsmen who created the Satsuma Kiriko glass. He and his son Nariakira were very proud of the glassware but when Nariakira passed away, the production of Satsuma Kiriko also ceased in the early Meiji period. It was not until 1985 when a researcher and an artisan got together with a glass factory and successfully reproduced the glassware. Today Satsuma Kiriko is made reproducing old styles of Satsuma Kiriko but also incorporating new colors and designs in others.

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