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The use of ropes and knots is deeply embedded in traditional Japanese culture. We can find advanced knotting techniques from ancient times.
Besides their use for bundling and fastening, knots have symbolic significance and were used in sacred construction. Knots can also produce high structural strength, or support heavy loads.
“Shime Daiko” is a small Japanese drum with two heads bound together with ropes, using strong knots. The pitch of a “Shime Daiko” is adjusted by the amount of tension created by the knots.
By applying this traditional technique, I designed a lightweight stool with high strength, without using nails or glue.
Tama art university