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Kutami Hand Fan

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Kutami Hand Fan

from 35.00

by Kurikawa Shoten
 

size:  hemp leaf   W7.87in x 15.16in
         black           W7.68in x 14.96in (6.89in handle) 
         stripe           W5.91in x 12.20in (5.71in handle) 

 

Kutami fan is a traditional craft passed down from the Edo era (which means over 400 years!) in Kumamoto prefecture. Made with all domestic natural materials including bamboo from Mt. Aso and Japanese paper with a coating taken from the blue immature persimmon (Mamekaki ).  By carefully painting the persimmon to fan surface one by one by hand,  it protects and strengthen the Japanese paper while ensuring the insect repellent effect. The colors will deepen over the years, too.  

The name of the city "Kutami" also has the meaning "people will come", so people send it as a good luck gift to anyone who is starting a new business.   

The peace of mind that this traditional fan can bring to this modern time is significant.  

Th hemp leaf pattern is Nakagawa Masashichi's original.  

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