The three major crafts of Yamanashi collaborate! Classy "Koshu Inden" iPhone case
Do you know "Inden"? It is a traditional deer and sheep leather craftwork patterned with lacquer. Among the Inden, Yamanashi's "Koshu Inden" is well known in the country. Closely related to a feudal warlord Takeda Shingen, it has been widely used for purses and weapons including armors. And now we are in the 21st century. It is natural that the iPhone case is added to the traditional lineup of Koshu Inden. However, the Koshu Inden iPhone case that I introduce here is not an average item.
Collaboration of craftworkers representing the prefecture!
Koshu Inden iPhone case ""TSUNAGU"" (black / red) 42, 984 yen (tax included). It is for iPhoneX / 8/7/6 / 6s.
(Photo: Fornet, same as below)
As a matter of fact, this pocketbook type case is a challenging collaborative work of three companies representing artistic genre of Yamanashi Prefecture, such as "Inden no Yamamoto" of Koshu inden, "Akiyama Co., Ltd.," of the jewelry industry, and "Makita shoten” of Gunnai textiles. After well-known craftworkers from these old-established companies worked together, a spirited designer in the prefecture connected their skilled craftsmanship together and made them into shape. Its name is "TSUNAGU". So to speak, it is an item with the concept of "Made in Yamanashi".
If you look closely, you are sure to find that the outside of the case is Koshu Inden. Koshu is recommended one after another with the patterns of the image of quartz, Furinkazan, grapes and Mt. Fuji from the top (from the back of the photo). And please direct your attention to the button fasteners. Garnet is fitted into the base of silver 925 (nickel rhodium plated) of the red model and Onyx is into the base of Silver 925 (smoking finish) of the black model, and they glow brightly and quietly. Yamanashi's jewelry industry is world famous for its high technology. The technique is fully demonstrated to the fine engraving.
And the lining is a jacquard woven by a well-established textile manufacturer, "Makita shoten" which has roots in a dense silk textile called "Kai-ki" which has been passed down since the Edo period. It is a truly splendid collaboration technique.
The smartphone case is over 40,000 yen. It is not cheap. But I am sure it is a valuable gem which is worth the price and shows the skills of Kai craftsmen and their love for the home town.