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Product Description : Why is it so EXPENSIVE?
General Product Information
The cup is made of Japanese paper and coated with layers of lacquer, making it strong and long-lasting.
The glossy lacquer coating gives the cups a luxurious color and simple look, bringing a relaxed atmosphere to your dining table.
The more you use the lacquer product, the more lustrous it becomes and the more beautiful it shines. Please enjoy the unique change of lacquer over time!!
*Please do not use a dishwasher.
When did these crafts start to craft?：70 years ago / 1950AD / Showa period in Japan
It has been 50 years since the first generation, Kinsuke Ebitani, invented this product. Currently, the third generation (his grand-son), Ryota Ebitani, inherits the skill and spirit. In a world where the SDGs have been raised, he continues to appeal not only domestically but also internationally by making boxes using paper, a material that is friendly to the global environment. Suigenkyo believes that this product will be one of the leaders of Japanese crafts in the future with its reliable technology and ambition.
Ryota Ebitani / Ebitani Kogei
He is a third generation of a craftsman family that have been making Omi Ikanbari in Shiga Prefecture since 1969. He has a unique background, having worked as a pastry chef and a motorcycle racer before joining the family business. He is also working on designs that match the modern market, and he hopes to create products that will be used by the younger generation.
"Live a life with a passion so that you can die laughing at the moment of death. Leave no regrets, live life to the fullest"
Even if my profession has changed, the importance of these words and beliefs that I received when I was a motorcycle racer has not changed. Now, as a craftsman of Omi Ikkanbari, I want people all over the world to experience our products from the viewpoint of SDGs and eco-friendliness.
Exhibited at Milan Design Week
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 2~3 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.