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Japanese Uchiwa / Flower of the Four Seasons
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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
This Hinaga Uchiwa is made with traditional techniques that have been preserved for over 100 years. This fan expresses spring in Japan and allows you to feel the Japanese season.
It can be displayed as an interior decoration in a small space, such as at the entrance. It will make your room more gorgeous. Why don't you pick up one of these traditional Japanese uchiwa?
When did these crafts start to craft?：300 years ago / 1700AD / Edo period in Japan
Because of the large number of travelers who came and went along the Tokaido Highway every day, they became popular as souvenirs in Edo period (1603-1868). Originally, fans came from China, where they were used as ornaments by aristocrats and wealthy people, and to protect them from the wind, dust, and sunlight. It was during the later Edo period (1800s) that these fans came to be used by the general public.
The craftsman is the fourth generation of Inatoh, which began manufacturing Hinaga Uchiwa in Mie Prefecture in 1881. He wants to not only protect the family business passed down from his predecessors, but also wants to develop products that appeal to today's consumers, such as fragrant Uchiwa fans.
"As long as we are in business, don't let the Hinaga Uchiwa light go out."
When I was young, I saw the hard work of my predecessors in fan making and thought that it would be easier to make money by purchasing and selling the finished uchiwa fans. However, when my predecessor passed away and I took over, I realized that if I stopped making uchiwa, Hinaga Uchiwa would cease to exist. Once it ceased, its history would stop there. I suddelny realized the importance of this.
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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!
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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.
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