A band for Apple Watch made from Kyoyuzen fabric that is compatible with all models in series 1-5.
The minimalist design and sharp belt pursues modernity while being a craft.
The top and bottom are sold separately, so you can enjoy any combination.
Each item is a unique item, so if you have a pattern you like, please purchase it as soon as possible.
Made in Kyoto's one-of-a-kind item is a gem that will surely be appreciated as a gift with a special feeling.
|Manufacturer||Hineno Katsujiro Syoten|
|Country of origin||Kyoto, Japan|
|Technique||Kyoto Yuzen Dyeing|
|Material||Front: 100% silk, Back: Cowhide, Metal part: Stainless steel|
|Size||1.73"(1.65")/6 o'clock side(44(42)mm/6時側用cm)|
|Electronic Equipment||If it gets wet from rain or sweat, the color may transfer to your clothes. Wipe off the water with a dry cloth and store it.|
|Note||Since the natural fibers are dyed by hand, there may be color skipping or color loss. Color transfer or discoloration may occur due to water wetting or rubbing. It uses a delicate silk fabric and wears out depending on the frequency and method of use.|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
The challenge of a dye shop that continues for three generations in Kyoto
Hineno Katsujiro Syoten
- Kyoto Yuzen Dyeing
- Kouji Hineno
Producer who bundles 150 companies
The first Hineno Jiro opened a store in Mibu in 1952.
Currently, we have moved the store to Nishijin and have been engaged in the Kyo-dyeing business for three generations.
Yuminaya is also called a dye shop in Kyoto and works like a producer in a modern way, and has been involved in dyeing kimono fabrics for generations.
150 houses with high dyeing and weaving technology, making use of the huge number of designs, Yuzen patterns, and dyeing samples that have been accumulated over the years in this land of Kyoto, which is known as one of the leading dyeing producing areas in Japan.
Together with the above craftsmen, as a general producer of Kyo-dyeing and as a company that will bear the future of Kyo-dyeing, we carry out careful manufacturing every day.
Silk with a width of one shaku (about 38 cm), which is rare in the world specializing in kimono, can bring out the craftsman's hand-dyed technique and technique to the maximum, and has a unique color.
The pattern and texture are born.
However, the kimono has disappeared little by little, and the chances of getting our dyed fabrics to pick up have decreased.
"I want as many people as possible to pick up the fabric we created."
Silk hand-dyed by craftsmen for kimono with such thoughts.
We use the same fabric to make items that blend into modern life.
Making items that blend in with your lifestyle
Silk Apple Watch band "Chameleon Band for Apple Watch"
Kyoyuzen craftsmen use hand-dyed kimono fabric on the surface to maximize the beauty of the fabric.
I designed the mold from scratch and created the form of the band.
The belt with a minimalist design and a sharp impression gives it a modern appearance while being a craft.
This band, which shows various expressions depending on the fabric and dyeing, can be purchased separately for the top and bottom, so feel free to coordinate according to your mood and situation.
The buckle uses a D buckle that does not easily damage the delicate silk fabric and is easy to remove.
This is also a mask made from silk fabric dyed by Kyoto Yuzen craftsmen and can be washed and used repeatedly.
In addition to enjoying the colors and patterns of Kyoyuzen, we are particular about functionality.
We used silk fabric with excellent hygroscopicity, moisture release and heat retention, UV protection, washable non-woven fabric to prevent splash infection, and cotton gauze dyed with genuine indigo, which has antibacterial and deodorant effects.
It has a three-layer structure.
Also, it is comfortable to use for a long time with a soft elastic cord that does not hurt your ears.
Dyeing and sewing are all done by Kyoto craftsmen.
It is highly durable and can be used for more than 2 months with repeated washing every day.
Kimono that maximizes the technical skills of craftsmen
The narrow cloth dyed by Kyoyuzen craftsmen has been mainly used as a cloth for kimono.
Even if you look around the world, there is no other production area that is so passionate about dyeing and manually performs a wide variety of delicate and delicate processing.
While the demand for kimono is declining, we want many people to pick up the fabric we dyed.
Kyoyuzen fabric made by many craftsmen.
I hope you can feel the craftsmanship and the soft luster and texture of the silk fabric.
2016 Traditional crafts Kyo Yuzen (stencil dyeing section) Traditional craftsman certification
2018 Kyoto Prefecture "Genkiin" SME certification
2021年 OMOTENASHI SELECTION 2021
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.