Traditional Dyed Japanese Bag|Old Meets New in Style!

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Using traditional dyeing methods which means that the colour changes over time, you can enjoy a different bag over the years!

Yamamoto Somegyo

2022.4.1

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Using traditional dyeing methods which means that the colour changes over time, you can enjoy a different bag over the years!

Yamamoto Somegyo

2022.4.1

●A rare dyeing process combined with #8 canvas fabric (100% Cotton)

●Created using the same traditional sewing and manufacturing process that are used in Toyama, Japan, to make happi(traditional jackets) for festivals and fabrics that are used to make the body in lion dances (shishimai)

●Uses durable parts to connect everything together, such as real leather, metal fasteners, and sewing cotton, so that it lasts for much longer than other bags



From times of old, Japan has used Brush dyeing (hake hikisome 刷毛引き染め) which is the the use of a white fabric, that is layered with a variety of colours and designs in the least possible steps, as a traditional dyeing method. 

However the demand for this type of dyeing work is on the decline, and it is at risk of being lost, with no successors to follow on this type of work. 

As well as this with the amount of traditional festivals and so on also declining with the times, inkjet printing and so on has made demand for traditional dyeing also decline. We want to therefore convey the amazing qualities of traditional Japanese dyeing to those all around the world, and to do so, we have created a bag that you can use in your everyday life that will support you while being made from traditional techniques!

A dyeing process that is used for items for festivals, beloved for its durability

We are a dyeing company that has been around since 1909, over 110 years ago.

We are proud to have produced various dyed pieces of fabrics for items such as the bodies used during the Lion Dance (seen in the picture above), for curtains placed at the entrance of temples and shrines, for jackets used for festival or ceremonial purposes and so on. It is our privilege to be a part of the Lion Dance festival by being able to make the doumaku or body of the lion, something that is so important to the Toyama Prefecture where we are based. The dye permeates deeply into the fabric, and when used for many years, the texture and feel of the fabric changes. 



We wanted to also show off the amazing patterns and designs that have been used from time immemorial, which are beloved by many people both domestically and internationally. 

We have chosen to use a rather casual 100% cotton made canvas material that is easy to get used to, and the main body of the bag allows for you to easily take things out.

From the creation of the design plates that are used to dye the fabric, to the sewing and creation of the item, we do everything in house. In particular, we use a very rare and well sought after traditional method of dyeing. We want to show a part of this process off. 

We start off by creating a dye resistant paste from glutinous rice and rice bran and put it over the fabric. (This process isn’t done when creating the khaki colour)


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Creating the dyes by hand - the dyes are created individually by the craftsmen who have many years of experience under them.

From there the dye is brushed over the fabric and the dye resistant resin, and finally the logo is touched up with a white dye to make sure the patterns are strongly shown. (this is not the case for khaki coloured dyed fabrics)

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One brush at a time. As the dye is applied by hand, we check to make sure that the dye appears properly through to the underside, thus creating a deep dyed fabric.

After this has been dyed sufficiently, the fabric is treated so that the dye doesn’t fade, and then washed and dried.

Cutting the fabric. 

The metal fasteners that we use are an antique style which has a very vintage feel to them.

Sewing. After making about 20 different prototypes which took over half a year, we were able to come up with the best design possible. 

Yamamoto Somegyo | Based in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture

The strengths of our company lie in focus on using extremely hard to use crafting techniques, as well as our ability to come up with interesting designs, and of course, maybe the most important point, the ability to make a complete product from scratch from the dyeing of the fabric to the creation of the item. We have the ability to make the design templates, dye the fabric, and create the product in-house. Today, over 90% of the items that we make are dyed using traditional dyeing techniques, with the majority of these items being dyed canvas items and dyeing items using a piped dye. These techniques have been passed down for generations and we look to preserve them as long as possible.

There are many parts of Japanese culture that have a deep meaning but that many Japanese people don’t know about. In particular, there are traditional Japanese designs that are meant to bring good health, or a bountiful harvest, or to bring peace, or to protect from disasters and so on. They aren’t just pretty designs.


■Karajishi symbol

A symbol that looks to portray the mane or hair of the legendary dog/lion that is popularly seen in many traditional Japanese paintings.

There are many theories behind it, but it is said that the Karajishi contained the power of the sun, and therefore its mane became a symbol for good fortune and good luck to those that used this symbol. In Toyama Prefecture, where our factory is based, a Lion Dance is performed at an annual festival, and this is another reason why we wish to use this symbol in the design. Our main reason though is, as many people worry about becoming ill with the corona virus, and the future looks rather bleak at the moment, we want to give a symbol of support and hope, and bring a little symbol of sunlight to your life.

■Tomoe Symbol

This symbol is found often on large drums (taiko) and festival jackets(happi). This symbol is seen not only in Japan but various countries around the world, with many theories about its origin. In Japan, it is a family crest, and was also used by samurai generals during the Warring States Period, used on drums and roof tiles and so on! There are a few meanings to it, and one is that it is a protection of water, due to its swirling pattern, which protects against fires and evil spirits.


Size

Bag body Length: approx. 26 cm x Width approx. 16 cm Depth approx. 6.5 cm

Fastener Length: approx. 55 cm

Belt Length:

Maximum length approx 115cm ~ 120cm

Shortest approx. 60 cm to about 65 cm.

Belt Width: about 4 cm

Materials used

Outer material | No. 8 canvas (no treatment)

Lining | Cotton (black)

Genuine leather | Thickness approx. 1.5mm

Fastener | No. 5 metal fastener Antique style (A fastener with a uni)

Belt | Back side: Synthetic fiber bag tape (black), Front side: Canvas (Same fabric as the bag)

Other metal fittings used for the main body are nickel and brass.

(Plastic is not used due to the lack of durability and ease of wear)

※Depending on the demand for the bag, the fastener and metal parts are subject to change slightly.


An example of what the bag can hold!

Even with your car keys, a notebook, your phone and a long style wallet, there is still space inside the bag!


Detailing

There is a fastener on each side of the bag so that you can wear it over both your left shoulder or your right shoulder, depending on which you prefer!  

With two patterns and a two tone colouring, this is a whole new design for Kickstarter users!

A simple but vivid colour! The mustard colour has been used in many traditional Japanese clothes and items.








As the bag uses real leather please avoid washing it as it could lose its shape.

If it has become dirty, when the dirt has dried, using a brush, brush the dirt off lightly, if it is a stain, please use a well wrung towel and after wiping once, use a different part of the towel. Please be aware that there may be stains that you can’t remove in this way, and so we ask that you be careful when you use it and if it does get stained and can’t be removed, to think of it as part of your life’s history.

  • The dye that we use is said to be a rather stable dye, that is very long lasting, more so than normally used dyes. However with that said, during the dyeing and removal of excess dye, there may be some dye remaining that hasn’t been removed. This excess dye if it becomes wet, will run. Also please be careful when wearing light coloured clothes as it may transfer slightly. If the leather part of the bag becomes wet, it may wring and the tanning dye used may also run. The bag is not waterproof.
     
  • Please don’t leave in direct sunlight or fluorescent lighting as it can fade or change the colour, and if left in a damp place, mould may form on the bag. We recommend storing in a well ventilated shaded area.
     
  • There may be slight knots in the fabric at the joints or scratches at the seams due to the sewing machine’s feed dog. Please be aware that this is normal during this process. Also depending on the temperature and climate of the factory at the time of dyeing, as well as the monitor that you are viewing the page on, there may be a slight difference of colour between what you see in the pictures and the item you receive.
     
  • As the item is handmade, there will be slight difference between the pictures on this project page and the item you receive.
     
  • The fasteners are oriented to a certain way, and while one of the zips may feel stiff this is not a design flaw but is made like this.
     
This Project is promoted by Japankuru Funding, Bringing Japanese Products to the West!

 Project Starts January 11th

Project Ends February 25th

Rewards prepared March-May 2022

Rewards arrive to Backers September 2022

The main dyeing technique that we use is a traditional brush dyeing technique. This is done by placing dye resistant resin on a piece of white fabric and dyeing the said fabric with a brush by hand. This highly sought after dyeing process is finished off with the design made by the dye resistant resin being filled in with white.

The compounds that are used to make the resin are all food derived raw materials and therefore in regards to impact on  the environment is rather small as this resin decomposes easily.


Left over fabric after manufacturing

We try to limit the amount of fabric that is left over, and any piece of fabric that is left over from making the bags will be made into fabric masks and coasters and so on, which are then given to a traditional ceremonies association.

As well as this, the body that we make for the lion dances are made to be used for a long time, and this means that we can also use this fabric to repair any wear and tear that occurs from the shaking and movement of the fabric during the festivals.

We also provide fabric for customers that are looking for left over fabric. We try our best not to let any fabric go to waste.

富山県小規模企業者緊急支援補助金活用事業(令和3年12月10日作成)

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Yamamoto Somegyo

Yamamoto Somegyo | Based in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture The strengths of our company lie in focus on using extremely hard to use crafting techniques, as well as our ability to come up with interesting designs, and of course, maybe the most important point, the ability to make a complete product from scratch from the dyeing of the fabric to the creation of the item. We have the ability to make the design templates, dye the fabric, and create the product in-house.

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