Yamanashi prefecture is landlocked, with mountains surrounding the central Kofu Basin
and well known, Koshu Inden, which is designated as one of Japan’s traditional
arts and crafts.
Inden-ya was established in 1582 and has been keeping their tradition for over 400
years . The techniques and patterns for making Inden were originally developed
produce certain parts of samurai armors in sengoku period.
In the end of Edo period, there were 3 Inden factories in Yamanashi, but after time
went by, only one -Uehara Yushichi Inden was left and still have kept their old
tradition for 13 generations.
The same techniques and patterns are still used to create the beauty of Inden-ya
products. The process of handmade Inden deerskin leather follow three basic steps
It takes many weeks to make a peice of Inden-ya products. Each layer of lacquer
needs to dry and harden and each step in the process of handmade Inden deerskin leather must
be done by hand, by only true artisans who knows the beauty of the traditions.
Please enjoy Japan’s beautiful art piece signifying the traditional Japanese design