A wallet or purse is something that you use every single day, so surely you want it to be something that stands above the rest, right? That’s why we would recommend this Asakusa Bunko purse. Created using white-tanned cowhide from Hyogo Prefecture’s Tatsuno City, it has been embossed with beautiful owls and flowers giving it a warm and full finish. Each and every one has been made by hand with love, and we are going to introduce just some of the amazing techniques the master craftsmen who made these amazing Asakusa Bunko purses use.
FUN! JAPAN EDITORS' VIEW
- You can trust the skill of the craftsmen and women who work here because they used to make kimonos.
- The craftsmen and women who work at a workshop in Asakusa create each and every one of these purses with great care.
- The “Owl” is known to have good omens, so using this purse could lead to some good luck?!
A Leather Accessory Created Using Techniques for Kimonos
Asakusa Bunko used to manufacture kimonos, and the methods required to create kimonos are being used to carefully and precisely dye these purses, the 2 methods which were namely used in the production of kimonos that are being utilized in this process are 2 types of “yuzen” dyeing methods for both patterns and hand-drawn.
The first thing to do in this process is to take the white-tanned cowhide from Hyogo Prefecture’s Tatsuno City and use the pattern type of “yuzen” dyeing to create the initial patterns of the design. After this the master craftsmen and women move into the hand-drawn section of creation. This is where the master craftsmen and women carefully draw in the colour of each individual line one by one. Through using these 2 different types of “yuzen” dyeing, it creates a more deep and full shade allowing for a more soft and warm finish. Asakusa Bunko is the only manufacturer within Japan that uses both of these methods when creating their products!
Sewn by 40-year Veteran Craftsmen & Women
After the hand-drawn “yuzen” dyeing has been completed, it’s time to move onto the process of making the drawn shapes three dimensional. A machine that can output over 100 tonnes of force is used to press the shapes into the leather. Finally, it’s time to sew. Sewing into uneven leather is extremely difficult, and typical manufacturers cannot create a clean finish doing this, however, as Asakusa Bunko, some of the best sewers in the business with over 40 years of history are employed to create these amazing pieces of art.
Good Omen “Owl” and “Seasonal Flowers” as a Motif
In Japan a “fukurou” (owl), has the same pronunciation of both “福来 (fukurai)” which means good luck and “不苦労(fukurou)” which means no hardships, hence why owls are seen to be omens of good luck. This product has owls as its motif. The design sees the owl standing on 1 leg with round eyes and surrounded by flowers such as gentian, bay laurel, lilies, chrysanthemum, plums, and other seasonal flowers. In each and every one is the wish for “Happiness to arrive”. These designs are all designs of people who have previously designed kimonos. We’re sure this is also why it’s quite easy for this product to feel very “Japanese”. Using this purse which depicts owls may just lead to better fortune?! It’s also recommended for animal lovers!
Easy to Use & High Capacity
Not only the design, but the practicality of the purse is also first-rate. The zipper is an L-shaped type. The coin pocket does not have a zipper, but the size of the small coin pouch is almost the same in height as the purse itself, so there’s no worry about any coins falling out. It is a time-saving wallet that allows you to take out bills and coins immediately after opening the zipper. How about it as a present for yourself or maybe to one of your loved ones?
- Size: Height 9.5×Width 19×Thickness 1.7 cm
- Weight: 120g
- Materials /Open/Close L-Fastener、Open pocket ×4、Open Pocket（Notes etc.）×2、Division Pocket（Small Coins etc.）×1、Card Pocket×12
- Made in Japan
- Made by ASAKUSA BUNKO
*This product is a on demand product. Regardless of whether the funding goal is reached, the product will be delivered. If the funding goal is reached, all those who have purchased the product will receive a 1000-yen coupon that can be used from their next purchase.
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Estimated delivery date
- From late February to early March
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