Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
This accessory case is designed and hand-carved by craftsmen.
It is filled with the techniques used in shrines and Buddhist temples. You will be surprised at the beautiful design that you cannot believe it was designed by hand-carving!!
This case is perfect for storing small items that you don't want to lose. Please enjoy this one-of-a-kind product!
When did these crafts start to craft?：600 years ago / 1400AD / Muromachi period in Japan
Ornamental metal fittings have been an indispensable part of Japanese architecture since they were used in the Horyuji Temple, the oldest wooden structure in the world. In the Momoyama period (1573-1600), decorative metal fittings came to be used not only in temples and shrines, but also in residential buildings.
Kobayashi Metalwork / Tatsuya Kobayashi
He is a craftsman who has been mainly producing Shinto and Buddhist ritual objects in Shiga Prefecture for 20 years. He produces a wide range of items, from large items to be attached to shrines and Buddhist temples to small items to be attached to Buddhist altars. In addition to decorative metal fittings, he also undertakes small items for daily use and restoration work for cultural properties.
"Going beyond the superlative that was born at the end of the Edo period."
The company is a one-person operation that performs most of the work that is normally done by a division of labor. Not only do I work efficiently, but I polish my handiwork to the last detail to create works that rewrite the feats created in the past. I will devote myself to creating works that only I can do, while also utilizing modern technology.
Received a Grand Prize, Comprehensive Skill Contest for Young Artisans
Certified Craftsman of Kyoto
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 3 months for delivery if we do not have the item in stock.