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Tamba-fu and Shironameshi wallet
Tamba-fu is a handmade plain weave cloth produced in the village of Saji in the Tamba Province, and is woven from handspun cotton and tsumami silk made of waste cocoon. Handspun thread colored with natural plant dyes are woven in a grid pattern. The dyes used are derived from the plants that grow in the village’s surroundings. Centering on basic plants such as indigo and tea, chestnut skin, as well as the bark of Japanese bayberry and alder that are native to the Satoyama are used to make the dyes, also appropriating carpet grass, sunroot, and the bark of loquat that grow along the footpaths between the rice fields.Tamba-fu was extensively woven from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji period, and was cherished within the daily lives of people, used in making bedding and kosode (basic Japanese robes) in the Kyoto area. Moving into the Taisho period however, the production of Tamba-nuno had gradually declined and come to be forgotten. It was in the beginning of the Showa period that Soetsu Yanagi had per chance come across this attractive striped cotton fabric at a morning market in Kyoto, thus entrusting Kogei researcher Rokuro Uemura to identify its area of production. In 1931 Uemura identified the striped cotton cloth as an example of Saji cotton that had been woven in the village of Saji. In 1953, the reproduction of Tamba-fu was carried out under the guidance of Uemura. In 1954, the local preservation committee ‘Tamba-fu Denshou-kan’ was established at the support of Uemura and Yanagi.

Japanese handcrafted white leather is a specialty of Himeji City, in Hyogo Prefecture. 
White tanned leather is the only native leather manufacturing in Japan. Himeji white leather has a history of over 1000 years. Its natural white color is produced without bleaching or dyeing. 
The method requires salt, rape seed oil and the water of the Ichikawa, the local river that flows north to south through eastern Himeji. 
After salting, the deerskin is soaked in the river for a few days, allowing microorganisms to loosen up the hair roots. 
Shaving the skin with a knife and combing the leather with a plane gives the leather a uniform thickness.
After prolonged exposure to sunlight, the white leather is ready. It features a natural whiteness and a strength unlike any other leather. 

The color of white leather varies naturally, and becomes even lighter with use. 


*The size is in centimeters.
*1cm=approximately 0.4inch
Price46,200 JPY
Inquiry number07CW83059

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