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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
This is an art panel made of Japanese paper. These art panels are the only two of its kind in the world, and are individually handmade by craftsmen who put in a lot of time and effort. We created these art panels with the hope that people living in the city can also feel nature. Please try to feel nature through Washi paper!
When did these crafts start to craft?：1300 years ago / 700AD / Yamato period in Japan
The history of Mino Washi is long, and the Shosoin (Japan's oldest treasure house built over 1200 years ago) has the oldest existing paper in Japan, which is a family register paper. Later, with the spread of paper, demand for high-quality Mino washi increased, and it has earned the highest reputation as a high-grade paper for shoji screens. In modern times, it has been introduced to foreign countries through the World Expositions in Vienna and Paris.
Takanori Senda / Warabi Paper Company
A craftsman who has been making Mino washi in Gifu Prefecture since 2014. He traveled to London, Peru, and many other places in the world and resonated with handcrafts. As he was impressed by the way of life of living with nature, and through a combination of coincidence and inevitability, he entered the world of washi. He continues to strive to develop not only traditional handmade washi, but also the world of art.
"We value natural materials and express our gratitude to nature"
By cultivating raw materials and making Japanese paper from start to finish, we are able to create products that are good for both the body and the soul. In these times of reduced opportunities to come in contact with nature, we want people to feel the warmth and appreciation of nature, even if just a little.
Pioneered the world of art washi paper and received high acclaim, exhibiting many works in stores, hotels, and residences.
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
Material & Caution
As each piece is handmade, there are individual differences even in the same series. We hope that you will understand the change by handmade.
We may have to cancel your order when we do not have the product in stock.