What is Kumiko?

Kumiko is a traditional Japanese woodworking technique that involves creating intricate and precise geometric patterns using small, interlocking wooden pieces. It is similar to mosaic or tessellation in that the individual pieces are fitted together in a repeating pattern to create a larger design. Kumiko is typically used to create decorative screens, sliding doors, and other decorative elements in Japanese architecture and furniture.

The technique involves cutting thin pieces of wood into precise shapes and sizes, then fitting them together without the use of nails or glue. Instead, the pieces are interlocked and held in place by the tension created by the precise fitting of the pieces. Kumiko requires a high level of skill and attention to detail, as the pieces must be cut and fit together with great accuracy in order to create a cohesive and stable structure.

In addition to its use in traditional Japanese design, kumiko woodworking has also gained popularity in the West as a decorative and functional element in modern furniture and architecture. It is often used to add a touch of elegance and craftsmanship to a piece and can be incorporated into a variety of different styles of furniture and design.