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ABOUT KAMIHITOE

PAPER FABRIC ORIGINATED FROM JAPAN

“Washi,” or traditional Japanese paper, is made from the natural fibers of plants such as paper mulberry (“kozo”), oriental paper bush (“mitsumata”), and a Japanese shrub known as “gampi.”

Washi has a variety of properties. It can be used as wallpaper because of its hygroscopic nature, or made into Japanese sliding screens that absorb sound, lampshades and sliding doors that are permeable to light, calligraphy paper, and so on.

Washi can be twisted and intertwined with cotton or silk yarn to form a textile known as paper fabric. Traditional paper fabric has been made in Japan for more than 300 years, which is in turn used to make various products. By using carefully selected raw materials and the proper techniques to create this twisted yarn, paper fabric acquires a durability that cannot be found in a single piece of washi and becomes a fabric material that can be used for the production of apparel and ordinary textiles.

KAMIHITOE products are made from this paper fabric. Japanese people use to say “Kamihitoe!” in quirky situations where you miss your goal for a very tight misfortune. Kamihitoe is the narrow space, little chance where something you engaged becomes successful or not. KAMIHITOE products aims to turn the luck on your side, supporting your everyday life actions with a hint of optimism.

Our lineup includes products ranging from tableware to business bags that feature designs inspired by papercraft such as traditional origami.

ABOUT MATERIAL

THE POSSIBILITIES OF PAPER FABRIC

The paper fabric of KAMIHITOE is a textile made by interweaving cotton warp threads with Mino washi weft threads (mechanically produced washi). The processed washi rolls are cut into 2mm strips which are then twisted and turned into yarn. Paper fabric has excellent anti-odor and antibacterial properties, with an antibacterial activity that is more than twice that of ordinary fabric. It is also a quick-drying, lightweight material. As it is made from paper, it has a fine touch and a smooth texture that we are all familiar with.
The fabric used in our briefcases has been finished with a water-repellent coating so that you can use them with a peace of mind even if they get wet in the rain. The paper fabric used in our tote bags and table containers has been processed with a washed finish to give the items an even softer touch.

CRAFTSMANSHIP

INHERITED SKILL INSIDE
GIFU PREFECTURE

Handmade washi raw materials: Our handmade washi is made by first cultivating the paper mulberry plants that can be seen in the photo, before cutting them from the mountain and drying them for use.

Washi production: The harvested and dried paper mulberry (“kozo”) is peeled and water is applied to soften it. The impurities on the surface of each stalk of mulberry are individually removed by hand before we use a mallet to hammer the pulp and break up its fibers to enhance the material’s strength. This pulp is dissolved in water and a species of tuber known as sunset hibiscus (“tororo-aoi”) is mixed into it. The mixture is then spread across bamboo mats known as “suketa” piece by piece and steamed for 20 minutes before being dried to create the final washi product.

Slitter factory: This is KAMIHITOE’s paper processing plant. The produced washi rolls are passed through the slitter machines to cut them into 2mm strips.

Production plant: At KAMIHITOE’s production plant, each product is meticulously handcrafted by our experienced craftsmen.

PRODUCTS

TSUZURA

Briefcase

This bag is unique for its crisp, gentle aura that derives from its origami-like design. The paper fabric used in this bag is finished with a water-repellent coating so that you can use the bag with a peace of mind even if it gets wet in the rain. Leather stands cover the base of the bag to prevent it from getting dirty when it is placed on the ground. The bag is fitted with two inner pockets and a pencil holder, and it is large enough to hold tablets, laptops up to 13 inches and A4 size notebooks. This model is available in two different colors, black and white. This briefcase which leaves a strong impression is your perfect business companion.

Size
W440 × H285 × D100mm
Weight
930g
Materials
Mino washi × cotton, leather, steel (eyelet)

KO-TSUZURA

Small Handbag

A small sandwich-type handbag. This handbag is unique for its crisp, gentle aura that derives from its origami-like design. The paper fabric used in this handbag is finished with a water-repellent coating so that you can use the handbag with a peace of mind even if it gets wet in the rain. Leather stands cover the base of the handbag to prevent it from getting dirty when it is placed on the ground. The handbag is fitted with two inner pockets which can hold your wallet and smartphone. This model is available in two different colors, black and white. This handbag is perfect for short outings and as a side bag.

Size
W270 × H175 × D100mm
Weight
360g
Materials
Mino washi × cotton, leather, steel (eyelet)

ORINUNO

Tote Bag

This tote bag features a design that resembles cloth that has been rolled up and folded together. The folded section can be used to store your wallet, foldable umbrella, and smartphone. The long, foldable shoulder belt serves as a sling. The tote bag can also be hand-held using the handle that has been folded into the inner part. Please use this tote bag for your daily trips to the supermarket or when you shop at the marketplace.

Size
W345 × H315 × D90mm
Weight
930g
Materials
Mino washi × cotton, nylon (belt) or paper fabric belt

ORINUNO-L

Large Size Tote Bag

This tote bag features a design that resembles cloth that has been rolled up and folded together. The folded section can be used to store your wallet, foldable umbrella, and smartphone. The long, foldable shoulder belt serves as a sling. The tote bag can also be hand-held using the handle that has been folded into the inner part. A large flap is attached to the inner part to conceal the contents of the bag. Please use this tote bag for your daily trips to the supermarket or when you shop at the marketplace.

Size
W435 × H370 × D110mm
Weight
340g
Materials
Mino washi × cotton, nylon (belt) or paper fabric belt

KOOLI

Table Top Container

A foldable table container. This container is ideal for holding fruits and bread. It has a foldable handle which makes it convenient to carry around. The container can also be used in a microwave oven.

Size
W150 × H150 × D150mm
Weight
72g
Materials
Mino washi × cotton, nylon (belt) or paper fabric belt

FUTO

File Case

This file case is made from paper fabric. This case is gusseted, soft, and can hold everything from small notebooks to A4 size magazines and notebooks, as well as tablets and laptops up to 13 inches. It can be used as a clutch bag, a storage case for files, or as a subfolder inside a larger bag.

Size
W250 × H340 × D34mm
Weight
97g
Materials
Mino washi × cotton, leather

DESIGNER & COMPANY

Industrial designer / Representative of Qurz Inc.

TAKUMI SHIMAMURA

Providing a wide range of designs such as DOCOMO mobile phone terminals, automobiles and sightseeing buses, small-scale residences, interior space furniture and industrial products designs. Has won various awards such as the Japan Good Design Award.

http://qurz.jp/

MANYSIDE Co., Ltd.

Manyside handles a wide range of manufacturing operations, including the production of sample pattern papers for leather bags, backpacks, bags, cases, etc., as well as the small lot production and mass production of these items.
“Manyside” name is a will to offer ideas from all possible perspectives without being bound by any single view. We make the most of our expertise in productions that has been accrued through the collective experience and achievements of each and every member and are actively involved in the development of new materials.

https://www.sifuadachiya.com/

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