A "Gamaguchi" Long Wallet with Pop Wooden Beads as an Accent
This is a long wallet made of Nishijin textile, a traditional craft that can be enjoyed in everyday life.
A strap made of Kyo-kumihimo, which is a special craft of Kyoto as well as Nishijin textile, is attached.
The color scheme of the gingham check centering on pretty red, the strap, and the wooden beads on the clasp are exquisitely stylish.
It is large enough to hold a cell phone, so it can be used not only as a purse, but also as a small pouch.
|Manufacturer||ATELIER KYOTO NISHIJIN|
|Country of origin||Kyoto, Japan|
|Size||W8.86 * D1.18 * H5.31 in. (W22.5 * D3 * H13.5cm)|
|Note||Please be careful when using the product, as the metal fittings may be damaged if strong force is applied.
If the product gets wet, do not rub with a towel and instead let it air dry well before use.
This product is made of very delicate silk fabric. If scraped strongly with a pointed object, a scratch may apear which cannot be repaired, so please be very careful.
Please note that we have tried to adust the color of the product photos to be accurate to life, but the color may look different depending on the way it is displayed.
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
Aiming to create traditional crafts for everyday use
ATELIER KYOTO NISHIJIN
- NISHIJIN TEXTILES
- Shinji Sakamoto
Japanese manufacturing will live on
Atelier Kyoto Nishijin was launched in Kyoto in 2019.
We create stylish items with the premise of incorporating traditional Japanese crafts into everyday life.
After working in the Nishijin textile industry for 10 years, our founder moved to the ladies' bag industry and witnessed the backend of the Japanese apparel industry.
He felt that the practice of selling low-priced products produced overseas by low-wage workers was just "cheap," and wondered if Japanese manufacturing was still capable of competing on the world stage.
Therefore, he decided to challenge the world with Nishijin textiles, which have maintained a solid manufacturing tradition.
Nishijin textiles got its name in the Muromachi period (1336-1573), but the origin of the technique dates back to the Kofun period (1336-1573).
Since then and until the beginning of the Meiji era (1868-1912), weaving was done only by hand, one by one on a tebata.
The technique was in decline for a time due to a combination of various factors, but with the spread of industrialization, looms were born.
It was around this time that Jacquard weaving began.
Nishijin textile has developed uniquely in Japan, incorporating techniques introduced from the continent, and has come to be known as "Nishijin textile when it comes to silk fabrics.
Pick it up because it's cute, enjoy it because it's Nishijin textile.
The aging of craftsmen in traditional industries and the shortage of successors are serious problems, and various efforts are being made to prevent the disappearance of old techniques.
Various Nishijin textiles are also being produced to match modern lifestyles, but many of them are made from scraps of kimono, obi, and other Japanese clothing fabrics, which seems incongruous.
Therefore, we wanted to emphasize the image of "Pick it up because it's cute, enjoy it because it’s Nishijin textile”.
rather than "Nishijin textile has good quality.
" It would be a waste if traditional crafts were to remain stored away forever.
We want to create peoples’ favorite items that they will want to use every day.
To achieve this, we plan our original products from the patterns and color schemes and focus on the balance.
We make our products based on the criteria of whether or not we’d want our own family members to use them, and whether or not they are cute or not.
Find your favorite Japanese goods.
Our stylish Japanese goods that you will want to use every day are made by skilled craftsmen using reliable Jacquard weaving techniques.
All items are made of pure silk and can be used with both Japanese and Western outfits.
We have mixed Japanese and Western elements, old and new, in abundance.
For example, Nishijin textile and Kyo-gumi-himo are a combination of traditional crafts, gingham checks and tartan checks are incorporated, and staggered plaid and camouflage patterns are combined.
Nishijin textile is characterized by yarn-dyed silk threads that produce vivid patterns in a variety of colors, but we are completely original from the stage of creating color schemes and patterns.
For this reason, we are proud to say that although there are many Nishijin textile products on the market, none of them have the same colors and patterns.
We hope you will find your favorite item and enjoy a rich everyday life.
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.