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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
It is an accessory that will not fade away even after 100 years and is covered with the finest colors.
As cloisonne enamel is made from pottery, it does not fade or change the color semi-permanently. The deep colors of Owari cloisonne are unique and can only be expressed by the layers of glaze and the repetitive firing process. This would be great gift option for your important person on special day!
When did these crafts start to craft?：200 years ago / 1800AD / Edo period in Japan
There are famous seven treasures in the Buddhist scriptures. Cloisonne enamel ware is called "Shippo" in Japanese word (it means seven treasure) which are named because they were as beautiful as the treasures in the Buddhist scriptures. During the Edo period (1603-1868), cloisonne enamel ware was mainly used to decorate sword fittings, shrines and temples, and nail covers used on castles. Later, modern cloisonne enamel ware began to be used, especially for flat objects such as accessories and school emblems. In fact, cloisonne enamel is also used in our daily lives, for example, in the emblems of sports cars.
Yoshiro Kato / Kato Cloisonne Studio
A craftsman who has been making Owari cloisonne enamel ware in Aichi Prefecture since 1947. Originally, he wanted to become a modeler involved in car design, but he was so impressed by Yasuyuki Namikawa's work that he decided to take over the family business of cloisonne enamel ware production. Even though the other workshops around him were closing, he continued to produce cloisonne enamel works day after day to keep the tradition alive. He specializes in fine wired cloisonne enamel works such as white plum and bold wireless cloisonne enamel works.
"Pursuing the ultimate beauty that fits in the palm of your hand."
I hope you will feel the preciousness of the amazing handiwork packed into a palm-sized piece of art. I hope you will feel even a small part of the heyday of cloisonné enamel art.
Designated as a traditional craftsman in 2018
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.