JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUAR
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Deerhide craft products were being made in the area centered on the city of Kofu in present-day Yamanashi Prefecture during the 19th century. By the end of the same century, it is known that deerhide draw-string money bags and purses were well known among people at large as reference is made to them in Tokaidochu Hizakurige, a humorous book published in the 19th century.
Such bags, pouches and purses and other fashion accessories are still being made today. They are soft, strong and light and a fine pattern in natural lacquer is usually applied.
They lose none of their appeal the more they are used and gradually become much loved possessions.