Collaboration Between Kyoto Prefecture Intangible Cultural Property, Kurotani Washi, And Japan's Oldest Wagasa Shop, Tsujikura
Kurotani-cho, Ayabe City, Kyoto prefecture, is a mountain village surrounded by mountains and clear water flowing from the Kurotani River.
We visited the Kurotani Washi village with the intention of crafting Japanese umbrella using washi paper, a material that has been utilized in Kyoto since ancient times..
As you walk along the riverside path, you hear the sound of “kattan-kotton,” the rhythmic sound of papermaking.
It is said that approximately 800 years ago, fallen warriors of the Heike clan, defeated in battle, escaped their pursuers and took refuge in the mountainous countryside. They began papermaking to support their livelihood, and the village flourished as a renowned papermaking community.
Kurotani Washi is made from high quality Kozo (paper mulberry), and entire processes from raw material treatment to processing are done by hand, resulting in a strong paper.
In particular, the papermaking process is handmade, and each sheet is finished by the hands of craftsmen who have preserved the tradition.
The Kurotani Washi technique, which is durable, strong, and long-lasting, was designated an intangible cultural asset of Kyoto prefecture in 1983.
The beauty of Kurotani Washi tells of a rigorous manufacturing process beyond imagination, and their sense of mission to protect and nurture Kurotani Washi overlaps with our passion for Japanese umbrella, resulting in the collaboration between Kurotani Washi and Tsujikura.
Tsujikura craftsmen receive handmade Kurotani Washi and make it into one Japanese umbrella.
It takes a long time to complete its production because most of the work is done by hand.
Among the many processes, “Hari,” in which washi paper is stretched over the frame, is one of the most important processes in terms of creating the shape of the Japanese umbrella.
The process of stretching paper over each part of the frame of a Japanese umbrella is not visible from the outside, but it is extremely important for the umbrella to open and close properly.
With the aspiration of preserving the traditions and culture that have been passed down through generations in Japan and transmitting them to future generations, the papermakers and umbrella craftsmen are dedicated to their daily work.
The combination of two traditional crafts, along with numerous meticulous processes, has resulted in the creation of exquisite umbrellas that emphasize authenticity, using Kurotani Washi.
We are pleased to offer you the finest products of “Kyoto Kurotani Washi” and “Kyoto Wagasa Shop Tsujikura”.
Tsujikura's wagasa was introduced on the website of Kurotani Washi.
"Fubuki" (blowing snow)
The black bark of kouzo and other trees, as well as the thick fiber bonds, are not removed, leaving the texture of the bark as in "fubuki". The raw materials are carefully selected and manufactured with the utmost care and quality. We hope you will feel the long story of how it is made.
Washi craftsmen and wagasa umbrella craftsmen work hard every day to preserve and pass on to future generations the traditions and culture that have been handed down from generation to generation since ancient times in Japan.
The combination of these two traditional crafts has resulted in a beautiful and genuine Kurodani Washi umbrella through a number of processes. We are pleased to offer you a superb product made by "Kyoto Kurotani Washi" and "Kyoto Wagasa shop Tsujikura".
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International shipping by DHL is now available, so please don't worry about ordering from overseas.
Tsujikura's products are delivered safely, securely, and quickly by DHL, the global network specialist.
You will be notified of the package number at the time of shipment, and you can check the delivery schedule on the DHL website.
Tsujikura's Japanese umbrellas are very popular as gifts for your loved ones, and also as souvenirs and gifts for people overseas.
Tsujikura's original boxes and wrapping paper are available.
Tsujikura's original box and wrapping paper
An original box specially designed for Wagasa is wrapped in black wrapping paper.
The box is wrapped in black wrapping paper.
The wrapping paper is designed to enhance the color of the WAGASA and to give a sense of joy when the box is opened.
Japanese pattern umbrella bag as a gift (free of charge)
All customers who order a Japanese umbrella will receive a Japanese umbrella bag with a Japanese pattern.
Each Japanese pattern has its own auspicious sayings.
For example, the seigaiha (blue ocean waves) pattern is a wish for a peaceful life that will last forever, just like the gentle waves of the ocean.
※The pattern shown in the image is only a part. Please note that you cannot choose the pattern.
Noshi paper (free of charge upon request)
Traditional Japanese noshi paper is used to make gifts.Tsujikura will prepare it for customers who wish to use it.
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