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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
This is an art panel using the Kyoto Yuzen technique.
The size is B5 and can be displayed in a small space. Instead of expressing perspective with shades of color, the layering of fabrics gives the viewer a greater sense of perspective. The image of the dragon gate was inspired by the Chinese legend that a carp that can climb up the dragon gate will become a dragon. Why don't you feel the traditional beauty of Japan in your room?
When did these crafts start to craft?：400 years ago / 1600AD / Edo period in Japan
Kyo-yuzen originated with Miyazaki Yuzenzai, a fan painter (a craftsman who paints pictures on fans) who was active in Kyoto. During the Edo period (1603-1868), a law was issued prohibiting extravagance and calling on people to be thrifty. As a result, extravagant kimonos with gilding, tie-dyeing, embroidery, etc. were banned. However, it developed "Kyo-yuzen" a colorful and beautiful dyed kimono, which was a cutting-edge fashion that attracted the attention of the masses.
Masashige Uenaka / Somekobo Masashige
A craftsman who has been making kyo-yuzen in Kyoto since 1991, from design to dyeing. I have loved drawing pictures since I can remember and studied a wide variety of drawings. Since I do everything from designing to finishing by myself, I am good at expressing customers' "thoughts" in a concrete manner.
"If you believe in your strengths and make use of them, a path will open up for you"
Because the studio where I apprenticed was an integrated kimono workshop, I could handle the entire kimono production process on my own. Taking advantage of this strength, I began to sell original products by designing and coloring them on my own. I used the same techniques, but modernized classic designs and used two different transparent fabrics to create a sense of perspective. By taking advantage of the fact that I can handle the entire process, I was able to open the way for me to take on new challenges without being limited to only kimonos.
Designated as a traditional craftsman of Kyo-Mono in 2013
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.
Please note that it will take about 2 months for delivery if we do not have the item in stock.