5/05/2010

Inden deerskin products

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Deerskin goods from Yamanashi

印伝, short for indengawa 印伝革
Inden leather

dentoo kogeihin 伝統工芸品
a government-designated "Traditional Crafts of Japan"




Only produced in Yamanashi, inden are goods made from deerskin with designs in Japanese lacquer.
Inden has its origin in the leather accessories that were brought from India in the early Edo period. By late Edo, production had begun on coin purses, waist sashes, cigarette holders and so on. Nowadays, modern items such as purses, wallets, card holders, handbags and belts have been added to the variety of goods available. Inden production still uses its traditional methods.
source : www.yamanashi-kankou.jp



Kooshuu inden 「甲州印傳(こうしゅういんでん)」
deerskin products from the province of Koshu
Koshu Inden
(old name of Yamanashi)


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Purse with Daruma Logo
ブランドロゴの達磨






The Daruma Logo is only inside, for the owner to enjoy.



source
http://ameblo.jp/craftcafe-kyoto/entry-10507395914.html


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Kooshuu Indenya 甲州印伝屋 / 印傳屋
Koshu Inden-Ya
Inden Museum ONLINE



Founded in 1582, INDEN-YA continues to create Inden, a 400-year-old form of traditional leatherwork.
While Inden has been popular among a select few who were interested in traditional Japanese culture, it has garnered very little attention from the general public.

Our mission was to communicate Inden’s allure and the historical nature of the brand, and to improve awareness of the INDEN-YA brand through renewal of the brand’s site.
Our primary aim was to attract people in their 20s through 40s, who comprise the primary users of the Internet, and the younger generation that prefers minimalistic designs.

Japan and foreign countries
(the name “INDEN” comes from “India”)



Patterns

TONBO 蜻蛉
Tonbo is the Japanese word for dragonfly. Samurais appreciated how they fly straight and preferred to use this motif for armor and ornaments. 
katsumushi ("winning bugs").

KOZAKURA  小桜
Throughout the ages, the word “hana (flower)” referred to sakura (cherry blossoms). Their ephemeral nature paralleled that of bushido (the way of the samurai) and this motif was frequently used on armor and helmets.

SEIGAIHA  清海波
This refers to the infinite expanse of the vast ocean. It was used as an auspicious motif to invite good fortune.


patterns, click for more

Techniques
urushi-tsuke 漆付け lacquer application

fusube gihoo ふすべ技法 fusube method
This is much older. Smoke creates the patterns on the skin. Craftsmen tie deerskin around a rotating cylinder, next fix paper patterns on the leather and turn it over a smoky fire. The smoke darkens the exposed leather, thus creating patterns. It also leaves a smoky aroma that lingers even after many years of use.

Uehara Yushichi, 上原勇七 (Uehara Yuushichi)
13th generation owner of the company

source
http://www.asakointeractive.jp/inden-ya/award/
http://www.inden-ya.co.jp/


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pattern called SHOOBU
refering to the iris 菖蒲 and
to the winning of a fight 勝負

This pattern was a favorite with the samurai since the middle ages.




. shoobuyu, shoobu-yu 菖蒲湯 (しょうぶゆ) "iris bath"  
auspicious symbols for the Boy's Festival
May 5, Tango no Sekku


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Bag for my archery glove

inden bag from Yamanashi


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春愁や父の印伝きせる入れ
shunshuu ya chichi no inden kiseru-ire

spring melancholy -
father's tobacco pouch
of Inden leather


Oshio Setsu 小塩世津
source : www.haisi.com/saijiki






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Shingen-bukuro. Shingenbukuro 信玄袋
Shingen leather drawstring-pouch


The normal Samurai outfit did not have any pockets, so small pouches or bags were used to carry things. Some say that Takeda Shingen was the first to use such a bag, hence the name. The bag is made with two layers of ray-skin (untanned hide) and lined with leather. A drawstring keeps it closed.



Some bags have a square bottom reinforced with bamboo or strong Washi paper.

. Kiyomizu mame ningyoo 清水豆人形
Small Clay Dolls from Kiyomizu.

Set of dolls packed in a Shingen-bukuro 信玄袋.

. Takeda Shingen 武田信玄  .

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2 comments:

facebook said...

interesting piece.
i have an inden-ya wallet- by far the nicest wallet i've ever used! carried EVERY day for several years now, still going strong. (beauty, tradition, and utility all in one!)
G.S.

Gabi Greve said...

Inden-Ya

http://www.inden-ya.co.jp/lite/about/
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