The “Japanese parasol, Watermarked leaves” series
The new rain umbrella has been added to the popular “Japanese parasol” series.
Washi is one of the main raw materials for Wagasa.
Most of Tsujikura’s Wagasa are made of strong and tough handmade Washi.
The “Watermarked Leaves” series of wagasa also uses the same handmade washi.
These washi are made by picking up fallen leaves one by one according to the season and watermarking them in the papermaking process.
Washi made for the rain umbrella takes about six months to complete.
Not only is the handmade process delicate, but it also makes the washi thick and strong.
Before a single Japanese umbrella is completed, there are various craftsmen who make the bones that form the framework, the parts called rokuro (potter’s wheel) that connect the bones, and make the washi. Tsujikura’s craftsmen then make the umbrella into a single piece.
Since most of the work involved in making a wagasa is done by hand, it takes a great deal of time to complete the process.
Tsujikura’s wagasa is made through relationships with many people.
When we see the completed wagasa, we are grateful for these relationships and devote ourselves to making wagasa every day.
Janome (Slender umbrella)