Each and every one of these purses have been made by hand with love, using techniques that are typically used for kimonos. We are going to introduce 2 amazing Asakusa Bunko purses here that are not only perfect in design, but in practicality, created with amazing techniques and with ‘Japanese’ embedded into the product itself.
FUN! JAPAN EDITORS' VIEW
- You can trust the skill of the craftsmen and women who work here because they used to make kimonos.
- The craftsmen and women who work at a workshop in Asakusa create each and every one of these purses with great care.
- The motifs of the cute cats are astonishingly cute.
A Leather Accessory Created Using Techniques for Kimonos
Asakusa Bunko used to manufacture kimonos, and the methods required to create kimonos are being used to carefully and precisely dye these purses, the 2 methods which were namely used in the production of kimonos that are being utilized in this process are 2 types of “yuzen” dyeing methods for both patterns and hand-drawn.
The first thing to do in this process is to take the white-tanned cowhide from Hyogo Prefecture’s Tatsuno City and use the pattern type of “yuzen” dyeing to create the initial patterns of the design. After this the master craftsmen and women move into the hand-drawn section of creation. This is where the master craftsmen and women carefully draw in the colour of each individual line one by one. Through using these 2 different types of “yuzen” dyeing, it creates a more deep and full shade allowing for a more soft and warm finish. Asakusa Bunko is the only manufacturer within Japan that uses both of these methods when creating their products!
Sewn by 40-year Veteran Craftsmen & Women
After the hand-drawn “yuzen” dyeing has been completed, it’s time to move onto the process of making the drawn shapes three dimensional. A machine that can output over 100 tonnes of force is used to press the shapes into the leather. Finally, it’s time to sew. Sewing into uneven leather is extremely difficult, and typical manufacturers cannot create a clean finish doing this, however, as Asakusa Bunko, some of the best sewers in the business with over 40 years of history are employed to create these amazing pieces of art.
The Expression & Gesture of Each Cat is Unique
This product was born from the request of customers that wanted “A purse with a cat-motif design”. There are different and unique cats painted on this product, one’s that are raising one of their hands similar to that of a “manekineko” for good fortune and some that are curled up into a cute little ball. If you look closely, each cat has its own expression and pose, which is just another show of precision and love put into this purse. Around the cats you can find many different seasonal flowers including spring’s orchids, summer’s bamboo, fall’s chrysanthemum, and winter’s plums. The small bell which has also been painted into the purse is very cute, we’re sure you agree.
Take out Coins & Notes Quickly and Easily
There is no fastener for the small coin pouch, and once you have opened the exterior of the purse, you are able to take out notes and coins with ease. If you’re in a hurry it can be a huge help. The size of the small coin pouch is almost the same in height as the purse itself, so if you fasten the outside of the purse, there’s no worry about any coins falling out.
- Size / Height 9.5×Width 19×Thickness 1.7cm
- Weight / 120g
- Open Pocket ×4
- Open Pocket（Notes etc.）×2
- Division Pocket（Small Coins etc.）×1
- Card Sleeves ×12
- Made in Japan
- Made by ASAKUSA BUNKO
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