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Travelers’ Treasures / Flame Dance (Wallet studded with kinpaku)

Along with the historically highly valued temples and shrines of Kinkaku-ji and Nikko Toshogu shrine, kinpaku (gold leaf) is an essential material in various craft works such as lacquer ware and ceramics.

This real leather wallet is opulently studded with pure kinpaku. It was created using cow hide cultivated and tanned with utmost care at Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, and produced by the hands of skilled craftsman in downtown Tokyo.

There the Kanazawa kinpaku processing technique, which is used for 98 percent of Japan’s kinpaku output, was used and an original pattern devised by designers with experience gained in Europe was applied before it was completed.

Also the gold jacquard used in the inside part is a material made by a Japanese weaver. It is certainly a fine article that blends the excellent traditional techniques of Japan.

The kinpaku that dot the wallet like dancing flames, as in its title, are filled with an indescribable beauty.

Price: ¥73,440 (with zipper), ¥70,200 (without zipper)

Manufacturer: camonde in Taito Ward, Tokyo

(http://camonde.com/)

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