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Also called su 簾, *misu 御簾, osu 小簾. Matchstick blinds. Blinds made from solid stems of bamboo kanchiku 寒竹, the horsetail plant tokusa 木賊, ditch reed yoshi 葭, or bush clover hagi 萩. These very slender stems are bound or plaited together with cord. Spaces are left between the stems so that light and air can pass through them easily and so they can be rolled up when stored. Some have a decorative brocade binding and silk tassels hanging from the top. Sudare are used in tea ceremony houses *chashitsu 茶室 designed in the sukiya style *sukiya-zukuri 数寄屋造 and the shoin style *shoin-zukuri 書院造. They are sometimes used to cover the ceiling of a rustic tea ceremony room *souan 草庵 or above an alcove *tokonoma 床の間. Blinds are sometimes used in place of translucent paper on sliding screens *shouji 障子, which are known as sudareshouji 簾障子 or *natsushouji 夏障子, because they are used during the summer months. The sudare may be set vertically or horizontally into the shouji sliding panels. Other names for this type of sudare are yoshishouji 葭障子 or sudare.

*sudaretenjou 簾天井 

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