Kawachi Fu-ring / Red - 001
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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
Kawachi wind chimes are environmentally friendly wind chimes made from recycled empty bottles. The empty bottles are crushed into small pieces, welded together again.
With its delicate and gentle tone, you can feel the flow of the wind through the sound. No two wind chimes have exactly the same tone, making them unique to you.
Please enjoy the sound that wind makes in order to cool yourself down in the hot weather!
When did these crafts start to craft?：1300 years ago / 700AD / Yamato period in Japan
Wind chimes are said to have been introduced to Japan along with Buddhism. At that time in Japan, it was believed that strong winds brought epidemics and other disasters. Wind chimes were hung at the four corners of the eaves of temples as a protection against disasters as the area where the sound could be heard was considered a sacred space. In the Edo period (1603-1867), glass wind chimes were also made as a result of trade with the West and the introduction of glass culture.
Tsugihiro Kan / Kawachi Fuurin
He began making wind chimes in 2000 after learning how to make them from the daughter of a glass artisan. While he crafts the wind chimes, he always pay attention that people can feel more familiar with the beautiful sound that play with the wind. The materials are made by collecting empty bottles of cosmetics, whiskey, etc. from local residents and melting them down. The unevenness of the glass gives them different tones!
"Glass wind chimes makes the sound that heals the heart."
He believes that wind chimes can creat not only the beautiful sound, but also beautifying society as a whole by using discarded glass bottles and other materials.
Osaka Prefecture Recycled Product Certification
Your Contribution to Craftsman
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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!
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
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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