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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
This is a sake cup made of Sterling Silver.
It is hard to believe that the surface of the sake cup was hammered by a craftsman's hand, one by one, to create such a fine and shiny surface. This one-of-a-kind item is the result of continuous attention to the beauty of the silhouette. There is no doubt that your daily evening drinking would be the best if you could share a special sake cup like this with your friends.
Why don't you purchase this as a gift for someone who loves to drink?
When did these crafts start to craft?：300 years ago / 1700AD / Edo period in Japan
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine in Japan was once one of the world's two largest silver mines, and Japan was one of the world's largest silver producers. Around the 17th century, craftsmen called silversmiths were highly valued by feudal lords, and they were also active in making not only silverware but also portable shrines for festivals and hairpins for women, and the general public patronized a wide variety of items.
Kenichiro Izumi / Izumiken
A craftsman who has been making Tokyo silverware in Tokyo since 1979. After graduating from an art school, he travelled around Japan for a year. He sometimes delivered newspapers to earn money. During the time, he was thinking about his future and ended up with making silverware. The company is known for making not only silverware, but also rings, buckles and other products that are in tune with the modern age. Careful and detailed handwork fascinates those who seethe making process.
"Throughout a conversation with silver, guide it to the shape it wants to be."
Silver can take on any form, and we place the utmost importance on how natural it can be. We are committed to creating products that are pleasant to use for both the silver and the customer.
Received the World Gold Council Award at the All Japan Gold and Silver Creation Exhibition.
Received the President's Award of the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries.
Designated as a traditional craftsman.
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
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.