Travelers’ Treasures / Kawa Uchiwa (Leather fan)

Sumida Ward in Tokyo still preserves the nostalgic downtown ambience of the early Showa era (1926-1989). During the Meiji era (1868-1912), the Japanese lifestyle rapidly modernized, boosting the demand for leather products. Against this social backdrop, after the Meiji era leather processing was established as a local industry of Sumida Ward, which became known as “Leather Town.”

The leather industry requires sophisticated technologies for treatment of skin, examination of materials, joining leather pieces together, handling sewing machines and so on, but these technologies have been faithfully preserved and refined in Sumida Ward through the decades.

This leather fan is created by Sakura, a leather product manufacturer founded in this Leather Town. It is made with lustrous and supple genuine cattle skin less than a millimeter thick, using the old well-established and perfected technologies. The simply-designed fan part is exquisitely stylish. The quiet ambience and elegant beauty hidden in this simplicity, however, perfectly convey the traditional Japanese aesthetic concept centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.


Manufacturer: SAKURA WAQS in Sumida Ward, Tokyo


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