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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
This trunk case is made from a single piece of bamboo. The trunk can be used for short trips, which is made with bamboo craft techniques. The main body of the bamboo basket is made of 6.5mm wide bamboo, carefully woven together, with a bamboo knot in the center to accentuate the design.
The cowhide leather used for the handles and horns, as well as the metal fittings placed in various places, are all carefully chosen to showcase the collaboration of different materials.
How about this bag for your outings or for your room interior?
When did these crafts start to craft?：800 years ago / 1200AD / Kamakura period in Japan
During the Heian period (794-1185), bamboo was widely used for building materials, weapons for hunting, and tools for farming and fishing. In the Edo period (1603-1868), bamboo craftsmen worked hard to deliver their works to the shoguns (Conqueror of Japan). Later, craftsmen who made vases for flower arrangement and ladles for the tea ceremony came to live in Kyoto, and the bamboo crafts in Kyoto flourished.
Bamboo Studio Kisetsu / Hideaki Hosokawa
Hideaki Hosokawa is a Kyoto-based bamboo craftsman who quit his job at the age of 30 and has been studying bamboo crafts for 20 years. Bamboo crafts have been used in the tea ceremony and flower arrangement, but he also produce briefcases, handbags, and other bags for daily use that can be used for modern life.
He has a Pasion to create products that people would want to hold in their hands and that are suitable for both men and women of all ages.
"The position of a craftsman is difficult, but it is also interesting."
I believe that the "craftsman" is the person in between the "manufacturer" who mass-produces at a low cost and the "artist" who creates one-of-a-kind pieces at a nominal price. Craftsman must continue to produce products that can be used in daily life, that are neither too expensive nor too expensive, while preserving traditional techniques. It is certainly difficult to find the right balance between the two, but I find this job rewarding and above all, enjoyable.
Qualified as a first-class bamboo craftsman
Awarded the Mayor of Kyoto Prize at the 51st Kyoto Bamboo Craft Exhibition
Exhibited at "International Cultural Heritage Exhibition", Louvre Museum, Upside Down Pyramid Arcade
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.
Made to Order
Basically, this product is made to order, so it takes about 6 months from order to delivery. Please note that there may be unavoidable delays in delivery due to material shortages or delays in the production process.