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"HIHAKU GLASS" seals Japanese traditional KURUME KASURI inside a glass plate. Enjoy the beautiful color and geometric pattern forever!
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 Our hometown Kurume City have producted traditional fabric "KURUME KASURI" for long time. We seal it inside a glass plate, it is called "HIHAKU GLASS".

 KASURI has very beautiful geometric patterns, but when used in clothe the pattern eventually wears off. Plus now a days people do not wear Kimono like before... HIHAKU GLASS was made to be used on a daily basis and to enjoy the KASURI pattern eternally.

 Meanings of "Wabi" and "Sabi" :

Japanese unique aesthetics. For more details, please check wiki. 

Wikipedia

"KURUME KASURI" requires artisan skills and has over 30 production stages. The most unique part of this technique is in its dyeing stage. Instead of dyeing after weaving, each individual thread is dyed first. When dyeing the thread some parts are kept white. By delicately weaving the threads "KURUME KASURI" gets its amazing geometric weave patterns. Here are 4 representative processes.

1. Design Blueprint

First our craftsmen design the pattern and figure out which part will be white and which part will be colored. In the photo below the black area will be kept white. To prevent the thread from dying, the white part is tied together with another thread. This pattern is then repeated until the whole thread becomes 12 meters long.

Example of Blueprint
Example of Blueprint

2. Tying

The main thread is tied with another hempen thread as shown in the design to keep those part white. This is a very tedious work (labor intensive!) since typically you need about 1000 threads to weave a Kimono.

3. Dyeing

The tied threads are then dyed using indigo pot. This process is repeated over 20 times to create a beautiful hue of indigo. Sometimes the threads are untied during this process. This creates a gradation of colors since the longer the thread is left in the pot, the richer and darker the color becomes. This process requires a lot of time and labor, which meakes "KURUME KASURI" expensive.

The dye used in this process is also very special. The dye is created from leaves of indigo. The leaves are dried and then fermented for over 3 months using a special fermentation process. The leaves are then mixed with various organic compounds such as scum or lye to create the dye. Throughout the process our craftsmen carefully watches the development of the dye and occasionally tastes the dye to make sure that it is in a perfect condition.

4. Weaving
"KURUME KASURI" is weaved using traditional loom called "NAGEHIBATA". Our craftsmen steps on a pedal so that the loom moves and make space among vertical threads. Then they pass a shuttle from left to right to weave the vertical and horizontal threads into a fabric. Extremely high precision is required at this stage to weave the threads pefectly to create the designed patterns. Fabrics made this way by our artisan craftsmen have delicate texture and beautiful patterns not seen in any other fabrics.

There are 2 sizes: small or large, each with 4 designs. 

Of course, all products are made in Japan.

Size

Small : 6.30 inches (160 mm)

Large : 9.45 inches (240 mm) 

BISYAMON

BISYAMONTEN is one of the guardians of Buddism, known as SHITENNOU (the four guardians). His armor has the pattern seen in this plate. This pattern is known to defeat evil or unlucky spirits, as BISYAMONTEN is the god of war and he defeats the evil.

 

AURORA

This is our original pattern (not a traditional pattern). It is inspired from aurora (northern lights). The pattern shows a beautiful gradation of white, blue, and navy. Our craftsmen has a very skilled techinques to create this marvelous gradation.
 

KIKKOU

This is a pattern designed from a tortoise shell. Tradtionally in Japan, a turtle is considered as a symbol of long and prosperous life since ancient Japanese believed that a turtle can live 10,000 years. Today this because a very popular design.


ICHIMATSU

 This is a classic checkered pattern seen in many traditional Japanese goods.

This pattern especially became popular in mid Edo period (around AC 1700) when a popular KABUKI actor ICHIMATSU SANOGAWA wore a Kimono of this pattern.

  • As usual plates for salad or dessert
  • Accomodating important guests
  • Gift for a special person
  • Keep it as a show piece

About Early Bird Rewards

Each early bird rewards you NEED NOT decide design at the time of pledge. We will ask you the design what you choice after the project succeeds.

About other questions

If you have some questions, would you please tell us what you want know feel free at comment or message.

And we also have FAQ, please refer to this.

Zone 1 $6 : US, Canada, Japan 

Zone 2 $8: EU, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

Zone 3 $10: Rest of the World



This project is "EU Friendly". There is no extra customs charge if you are in the US or EU since we ship our products from our fulfillment partners in US and EU. For non US or EU customer you may be charged VAT/GST or other customs charge.

 About "桐箱" (Paulownia Wooden Box) :  

Paulownia is a kind of woods that is native to the Asian region.

It has been used as a box to store high-class items from long ago, because it has a light and moisture-proof characteristic.

So, it is used today to give gifts as well in Japan.

 Plate Stand

The back and sides is like this picture below.

back and sides of plate stand
back and sides of plate stand

There are 2 sizes. We will send according to the size of your choice.

Please look at this article on how to order them.

There are 2 sizes. We will send according to the size of your choice.  

Please look at this article on how to order them.

March: Campaign ends

April: Production starts

Mid of June: Shipping starts

September: All shipping is finished

All our products are handmade so we will be shipping them as we finish them.

All products will be manufactured in Japan and shipped out to each countries.

 - Dishwasher : This product cannot be used in a dishwasher. Use soft sponge and wash gently by hands.

- Microwave :  This product cannot be used in a microwave.

- Fire : This product cannot be used over a direct flame. Please do not place this product near fire. It will make this product very hot and dangerous.

- Individual Differences : This product is manufactured by hands of skilled craftsmen. As such each individual product will have minor differences in design, color, dimensions, and weight.

Thank you! 

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Risks and challenges

These products have been released in Japan already, so there is no risk in production. We're ready to start production as soon as this campaign ends.
However, as with any physical products, there will be challenges in producing them perfectly meeting our quality control, which may result in possible delays.
There will be the usual risks in shipment delay, customs delay, and such.
But we are confident that we will be able to deliver as promised.

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