|2005 Spring - Intro - Inden - Yukata - Kioi Art Gallery
Lacquered patterns cover the highest quality deerskin
photography by Hiroaki Ishii / text by Machico Yorozu
Believed to have been introduced from India in ancient times, Inden is a traditional craft using deerskin on which fine patterns are printed. Inden uses katagami-based fusube (tanning and smoking) and sarasa (fine printing) techniques. The deerskin was applied to armor and helmets worn by samurai warriors fighting for feuding warlords during the Warring States period (1467-1568). In the Edo period (1603-1867), an ancestor of Uehara Yushichi devised a technique in which Ise katagami stencil patterns were placed on deerskin, which was later lacquered for durability. After 400 years the business continues, offering more than 300 different patterns, both classical and new. Some 150 patterns made using traditional methods on five ground colors are always available. They are applied to products ranging from accessories to wall paper.
||Highly skilled craftsmen coat patterns with lacquer.
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Kateigaho International Edition Issues:
2005 SUMMER - 2005 SPRING - 2005 WINTER
2004 AUTUMN - 2004 SUMMER - 2004 SPRING - 2004 WINTER
2003 AUTUMN - INAUGURAL ISSUE