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Kasuri Kumiko Earrings

Using the ancient Japanese woodworking technique “Kumiko” these earrings have been specially designed with “Meisen” kimono patterns.

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Born in Isesaki City, Gunma Prefecture in 1998. 4th year at Keio University SFC Started working with local traditional crafts "Meisen" in junior high school, and recognized Japanese and regional identity when studying abroad in the U.S. at age 15. In 2019, he will travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa twice to start making clothes with a local NGO and found the apparel brand Ay.

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About the Product

The earring that represents three-dimensional beautiful patterns of “Meisen” kimono using the ancient woodworking technique “Kumiko”. The sophisticated presence, yet the gentle feel of this piece allows you to wear traditional crafts in your daily life.

“Meisen” is a type of kimono that became popular in the relatively modern period of Japanese history.

Isesaki is one of the most famous places for producing “Meisen”, characterized by the unique patterns and colors that emerge from the advanced technique of “Heiyo Kasuri”. However, due to the shrinking kimono culture and lack of successors, the production of Isesaki Meisen has been declining. With this product, the pattern of Isesaki Meisen is brought back to the present day.

Although "Heiyo Kasuri" had been expressed as a two-dimensional work so far, "Kumiko" enabled it to express as a three-dimensional work this time.

By using “Kumiko” to make ear accessories in that way, this product allows you to enjoy the different expressions depending on the angle you look at it from. The lightness of the earrings makes you forget that you are wearing them, and the sturdiness of the wooden structure allows you to enjoy wearing them in a relaxed and fashionable way.

It is used only high lumber of cherry blossoms and cypress trees.

You can enjoy the natural character of woods due to non-artificial coloring.

You can choose your favorite pair from two colors and four original designs. Enjoy your own favorite combination.

Ear Accessory Specifications

- Size: 1.3 cm (length and width), 0.5 cm (thickness)

- Material: Wood (cypress or cherry)

- Earrings: Brass

- Pierced Earrings: Brass, [Metal plating] nickel-free

About the Maker

“Ay” is a cultural brand that incorporates Japanese traditional crafts and techniques to transmit new values. The brand proposes a new form of Japanese culture, focusing on apparel products that was upcycled from the traditional Kimono called “Isesaki Meisen” made in Isesaki City, Gunma Prefecture, where the founder of the brand, Aya Murakami, was born and raised.

While working on a mission to preserve the “Meisen” for future generations, I met Mai, a designer who makes use of the “Kumiko”. Thanks to her, this accessory collaboration between “Kumiko” and “Meisen” was born.

“Kumiko Zaiku” is a traditional woodworking technique in which thin pieces of wood are combined without using the hands by craftsman to create precise geometric patterns. This product is carefully crafted one by one by hand by artisans such as “Kumiko Zaiku” craftsman Kazuhiro Kadowaki, who is the only person in Japan to have created a perfect spherical “Kumiko Zaiku”.

By collaborating with craftspeople who have a polished technique that has been handed down over generations from the Asuka period (1300~1400year ago) to the present day and does not allow for the slightest deviation, we hope to reweave a technique and culture that should remain and be enjoyed by as many people as possible.

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Risk & Challenges

Currently, we are sincerely working on the project so that we can realize the design and specifications with craftsmen and designers. However, there is a possibility that some designs and specifications may change during the production process. We are currently adjusting the schedule based on the number assuming that the project will be successful, but if there is an application for support purchase that exceeds expectations, we will deliver it due to circumstances in the production process or unavoidable circumstances due to delivery work. Please note that it may be delayed. * The design and specifications of the product under development may change. * If we receive support from more people than expected through this project and we can further improve the mass production system from the current environment, the regular sales price may be lower than the planned sales price. * As a general rule, support purchases cannot be canceled due to delivery delays, but if it exceeds 6 months from the scheduled return delivery month, only those who wish to do so will be canceled. If there is a change in the content described on the project page as described above, we will share it in the activity report etc. as soon as possible. We will do our best to make everyone who picks up Ay's products happy, so please support us.

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Born in Isesaki City, Gunma Prefecture in 1998. 4th year at Keio University SFC Started working with local traditional crafts "Meisen" in junior high school, and recognized Japanese and regional identity when studying abroad in the U.S. at age 15. In 2019, he will travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa twice to start making clothes with a local NGO and found the apparel brand Ay.

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Option A) 1 Pair of Kasuri Kumiko Earrings

Item No. 242981
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