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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
This is a bottle stand made of Kyoto bamboo.
It was developed to make bamboo, a "natural resource", a part of our daily life again. This unique bottle stand stands on its own by inserting a bottle into the simple bamboo stand. The raw lacquer coating adds luster to the texture of the material. Please enjoy it as an interior decoration by inserting bottles as an accent in your room!
When did these crafts start to craft?：800 years ago / 1200AD / Kamakura period in Japan
During the Heian period (794-1185), bamboo was widely used for building materials, weapons for hunting, and tools for farming and fishing. In the Edo period (1603-1868), bamboo craftsmen worked hard to deliver their works to the shoguns (Conqueror of Japan). Later, craftsmen who made vases for flower arrangement and ladles for the tea ceremony came to live in Kyoto, and the bamboo crafts in Kyoto flourished.
Akihiro Mashimo / Nagaoka Bamboo Studio
A craftsman who has been making bamboo fences and bottle stands made from Kyoto bamboo at Nagaoka Meichiku located in Kyoto since 1952. We embody entertainment x traditional craftsmanship, and strive to develop products using bamboo, an environmentally friendly material, while keeping in mind the words SDGs and eco-friendliness.
"Take it all in and move forward."
No matter what, we move forward and forward. Whenever I can take one more step, I think and act only to move forward. I work daily to improve myself, which in turn improves the quality of my work.
Joined Bamboo Design Competition Grand Prix
Certified Craftsman of Kyo-Mono in 2015
They have received many other awards for their work.
Your Contribution to Craftsman
Due to the market structure (link for full articles are attached bottom), craftsman have not known who the customer is and how customer reacts to their work. We made a “Message to Craftsman” box at purchase page. We will deliver all message to every craftsman. Our review will be also shared to craftsman so please leave your comment and evaluation on review section!
Income for Craftsman: Craftsman get only less than 10% of selling price?
As written above, craftsman have not controlled last phase of sales channel that resulting in selling price is set by third-party without craftsman’s recognition. There are some cases that only less than 10% of selling price is given to craftsman. We promise with our customer / craftsman that we offer the fair trade with craftsmen in our contract!
We made an article about above problem and our challenge. Please have a read from below link.
Current state of the Crafts Market / Benefits brought by Suigenkyo
Kintsugi Insurance Service：Eternal Product Life
What is Kintsugi: Explanation and PICTURE
Kintsugi is one of the traditional skills in Japan repairing broken ceramics or glass. Broken part will be mended with lacquer and the product will get more beautiful look with covering gold/silver on the area of breakage.
Cost for Kintsugi Insurance
Our selling price includes Kintsugi Insurance (Only in the case of kintsugi available products such as Ceramics). Once our products are broken, please let us know and send it to Japan. Your product will be back to your home with upgrading beautiful outlook!
Although Kintsugi itself is free as an insurance service, delivery fee will be owned by customers each time. However, it will worth using this kintsugi service since the story between you and products will continue!
Material & Caution
Each piece is handmade, so there are individual differences even in the same series. We hope that you will understand the change by handmade.
Please note that it will take about a month for delivery if we do not have the item in stock.