This is a product that showcases the artisan skills of Torigoeno Shibata, who combines Shin Edozome dyed patterns from yukata (summer cotton kimono) fabrics to create handbags.
Since it uses surplus fabric from the traditional Chusen-style yukata manufacturing process, the availability of coloured patterns is limited.

[String handle handbag]
Buckles have been kept to a minimum for a clean, seamless look, while the handle is a single thick rope that passes through and is finished with hidden joins.
A unique feature of the string handbag is how it folds together by pulling the string rather than creating a shape. These days, many stores use this design.
The string is of a length that even the larger hand of a man can get into it, so that both hands are free.
There is a large pocket on the front, suitable for a stylish folding fan or a mobile phone.
With some fabrics, the patterns need to be joined together, and this is something that only experienced artisans can accomplish.
There is also a discrete internal pocket for smaller items.

●Approximate size: H26 cm x W18 cm
13.5 cm when closed
Depth: 4.5 cm
Surface: Cotton Chusen dyed kimono fabric
Back: Cotton
Lining: Urethane
Handle: Nylon
String joins: Wood
Made in Japan by Shitamachi Torigoe
Lead time: One week

[About dyed fabrics]
* Colours shown in images may differ slightly from actual products.
* Colours may bleed during initial use due to sweat or rubbing. This is due to the nature of the dyeing process and is not a product fault.
* Wash separately from other articles.
* Individual products may vary slightly with respect to dimensions, colour differences, and pattern reproduction.
* These products are made from old templates. From time to time, we may need to withdraw or modify a product without notice in the event that a template is damaged.
Marukyu Shouten

During the Meiji era, yukata (summer cotton kimonos) and hand towels dyed in vivid colourful patterns were part of everyday life. The invention of the distinctive Japanese dyeing technique known as Chusen paved the way for a huge variety of different fabrics. Founded in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, in 1899, Marukyu Shouten sold a wide range of the Chusen fabrics that were so beloved by the people of Tokyo. Even today, it has many Chusen fabrics on offer.

The Chusen dyeing process begins with the application of barrier glue to the fabric through a special template. The barrier glue prevents the dye from reaching the fabric. Once a section has been dyed, the template is removed and the fabric is folded over to expose a new section, then the process is repeated. After 20 to 40 repetitions, glue is applied to create little mounds on the sections where different colours are to be used. A kettle that looks like a watering can is used to pour the desired colour into the mound. A vacuum pump beneath the fabric draws the dye through the fabric. The fabric is then turned over and the entire process is repeated on the other side. This produces the distinctive striking appearance of Chusen dyed fabrics, which do not have a front and back like conventional fabrics.

Chusen dyeing was a revolutionary breakthrough at the time, because it was the first ever mass production process for fabric dyeing. Unlike modern garments that are mass-produced by machinery, however, Chusen fabrics still require each and every process to be performed by hand. This is why every product is slightly different, with its own individual quirks and characteristics. This is the warmth of genuine handmade products. The intricate variations and blurring patterns are something that only expert artisans can create.

Marukyu Shouten offers a wide variety of yukatas, hand towels, and other textile products created using traditional techniques and methods under the Shin Edozome brand name. As well as faithfully reproducing a huge number of templates from the past, the store also produces innovative new designs as part of its product offerings, designed to appeal to the modern consumer while also evoking a sense of nostalgia. It is committed to working closely with dye artists, textile experts, and dye workshops to preserve and promote the traditional Chusen dyeing technique.

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Marukyu Shouten