When my family breaks out the hot pot – a kind of communal, table-side cooking and eating festivity – for the holidays, I always am in charge of washing the knitted metal strainers that are used to dip the raw food into the boiling soup stock. Metalwork of this sort never struck me as extraordinary until seeing the photographs of the intricate patterns of metal knitting hand-woven by Kenichi Tsuji, founder of KANAAMI-TSUJI. The Kyoto art form of weaving the strands of metal in patterns for kitchenware is brought to a new level with the intricacies of the designs for which a steady hand, an eye for aesthetics, and a whole lot of patience is required. The thin lines appear like the webbing of dreamcatchers; though the crafted works are quite functional in their own right, the visual impact does not fall short of magical and ethereal.

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