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ABOUT DESIGNER

Tomoko Kakita

Having lived in the UK for over 20 years, and being immersed in a very different culture, my appreciation for Japans unique traditions has been enhanced. I realised how little I knew about Japanese tradition and I started rediscovering my heritage.

The defining principle of Japanese culture and the way of living is characterised by celebrating nature, seasons, and being grateful for what the earth offers us.”

This rediscovery encouraged me to create Tsutsumi as well as ma space design”. 

ma (pronounced as má) in Japanese it means the space between things”. 

Spatial design has been my profession for a long time. I wanted to help people fill their mawith beautiful products and artworks while inspiring them to act responsibly towards our environment.

My mission is to encourage people to reconnect with nature. Just like our ancestors did.”

  

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ABOUT PRODUCTS

Tsutsumi 包: Furoshiki wrapping cloth

Tsutsumi in Japanese means wrap.

The shape of the ancient kanji for Tsutsumi replicates the form of a pregnant woman. The pregnant form enfolds what is most precious, a baby, and the idea of wrapping something precious extends to the act of enfolding an object in a square piece of beautiful fabric.

The more common word for this Japanese wrapping cloth is Furoshiki”. Its use goes back some 1200 years.

In Japan, there exists the beautiful culture of wrapping treasured items, gifts, and belongings in Furoshiki. In the past, people used Furoshiki to carry trade products for transportation, with the concept that you can use it again and again. The use of Furoshiki has, however, faded since the 1970s due to the introduction of plastic and paper bags, wrapping paper, and luggage.

Tsutsumi is a product name for Furoshiki wrapping cloths which have been designed by Tomoko Kakita. They are made in Japan using a traditional hand-printed method by skilled craftsmen and can be used for wrapping gifts, sundries, and can even be worn as a face cover for a stylish look.

My ambition is to encourage those who own a Tsutsumi to use it with love and care so that it lasts for a long time. Remember the message of this product: that it is to be used to inspire people to act responsibly towards the environment, to help them to reduce waste, and to encourage them to reconnect with nature. Its important that this message is passed along. The Tsutsumi may even come back to you again after many people have reused it in different ways.

 

包について

日本では宝物や贈り物そして日常生活品を風呂敷で包むという美しい習慣があります。風呂敷は商業品を運送する際にも使われていました。風呂敷は何度も繰り返して使われるという性質があります。風呂敷はビニール袋、ラッピングペーパーそして鞄の到来によって70年代頃から使われなくなってしまいました。

包は柿田知子がデザインした風呂敷の商品名で京都の熟練した友仙染職人が手で掻いてゆく手捺染の方法を使い作りあげられます。贈り物や日常生活品を包んだり、お洒落なフェイスカバーとして顔を包んでみてはどうでしょう。包を使う方々に末長く大切に使っていただくことを願っています。この商品のメッセージを念頭において多くの方々に広げていただきたいです。誰か特別な人に贈り物を包んであげる。たくさんの人に使われた後いつか自分に戻ってくるかもしれません。

包はビニール袋とラッピングペーパーの代わりとして使われるために作り出されました。この商品が使って頂く方々に私たちの環境に対して責任を持って行動し、ゴミを減らす心がけを持ち、 自然とのつながりを取り戻すことを考えさせるきっかけになることを願います。 

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Tsutsumi is a furoshiki wrapping cloth made in Japan using traditional hand-printed method call 'Yuzenzome' by skilled craftsman. Each colour needs one dyeing block. The artisanal colours are achieved by mixing the dyes by hand.

Tsuru 鶴 crane: Origami artwork

One of the popular origami folding is a paper crane .

Thousand origami cranes 千羽鶴 is a group of origami paper cranes held together by strings. The crane in Japan is one of the holy creatures and is said to live for a thousand years. Thus we make one thousand cranes, one for each year. There is a popular belief that people's wishes, such as happiness, eternal good luck, recovery from illness or injury and longevity, will come true by folding one thousand paper cranes. It is therefore a popular gift to give family, special friend and hospital patient in Japan.

I have been making paper cranes since the first lockdown started. I fold them with a wish for many people whose life is affected by the pandemic to heal and unfold to become happier and peaceful one.

 

 

I would like to invite you to discover my product range.

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