From a long-established Kyoto folding fan store, founded back in 1718,
an indigo-dyed Kyoto folding fan, dyed with natural materials.
The Naturally Dyed Hon Aizome of the Kyoto-Sensu
Our products use Sukumo made from dyer's knotweed and Hon Aizome dyed with fermented lye liquid from Awa, Tokushima, a famous production site of Aizome (indigo dyeing).
Dyed using traditional techniques and chemical-free natural materials, this stylish and refreshing masterpiece combines the original deep color of indigo with its transparent cotton linen fabric.
The unique color of its indigo is impossible to produce without multiple dyes. It was dyed countless times, dried, and washed with clean water again and again. Its final color is the result of the material's shading and the number of times it was dyed.
Its finishing touches also depend on the day's weather, temperature, and humidity. All of these were made through the skill and experience of veteran artisans.
Fabric fans are notable for being hand-dyed with natural materials and uniqueness due to their dyed finish.
・Gradation Dyeing: Designed with an alluring indigo gradation
・Uneven Dying: Unique design with unevenly dyed spots that differ from one another ■ Size: approx. H23cm×W41cm×D2cm when opened
approx. H23cm×W2.5cm×D2cm when closed
■ Material: Ribs - Bamboo (Japan), Fan - Cotton/Hemp (Japan), Finish - Kyoto, Other - with fan bag, inside paulownia box
■ Set Contents: Fabric fan, fan bag, paulownia box container, single-sided paste (bamboo ribs visible on backside)
■ Country of Manufacture: Japan (Kyo-Sensu)
The fans' body, ribs, and finish were all made in Japan, mainly in Kyoto and Shiga.
Kyo-Sensu is a regional collective trademark owned by the Kyoto Folding Fan Association and can only be used by its members.
The Advanced Techniques of Specialized Artisans
There are about 88 processes that must be completed before the folding fan is completed. This includes the making of its ribs, fabric, design, and assembly.
All Kyo-Sensu were finished by artisans from Kyoto and Shiga, requiring more specialized and advanced techniques.
The artisans of Hakuchikudo work under a division of labor.
We aim for manufacturing that shines bright, merging tradition with the new breeze, and incorporate modern fashion sense into Kyo-Sensu filled with Japan's culture and aesthetics. We offer folding fans suiting a variety of lifestyles by taking in new aesthetics capable of satisfying the needs of the present. These range from casual items that even younger people can casually carry around to folding fans designed for business occasions.
The Tradition and Innovation of Hakuchikudo's Kyo-Sensu
The beloved folding fan has adopted the Japanese culture and aesthetics since ancient times.
Hakuchikudo is a specialty store that continues to innovate the tradition of the folding fan culture it has inherited. Our folding fans are made by Japanese artisans using Japanese materials and a multitude of manufacturing processes.
Hakuchikudo was originally known as Kanaya Sonbei, founded in the third year of the Kyoho period (1718), during the time of Yoshimune Tokugawa, the eighth shogun of the Edo Shogunate. It was opened as a fan shop for temples in front of the Nishi Honganji Temple.
After the Meiji era, the store began to manufacture and sell Kyo-Sensu for general use and gifts, eventually receiving the name Hakuchikudo from Tomioka Tessai, a master of modern Japanese painting.
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