Yamanashi [Other Crafts] KOSHU Inden (Lacquered Deerskin Crafts)

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Tokai Yamanashi
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Lacquered deerskin products were already being produced in the area around Kofu in what is now Yamanashi Prefecture during the late Edo era (1600-1868). By the end of the 19th century, deerskin money bags and purses were well known across the country, even receiving a mention in the comedic novel Tokaidochu Hizakurige.
Lacquered deer hide products are soft, strong and light. They are usually decorated with a fine pattern applied in natural lacquer. Their timeless appeal has led to many becoming cherished possessions. Items produced today include bags, pouches and purses as well as fashion accessories.

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