Maito Design Works, established in 2010, uses plant dyeing methods to produce unique and beautiful leather. Every piece of leather has soft color drawn from nature. We have collaborated with Maito Design Works to bring this soft color palate to your own wristwear.
Maito Design Works
Maito Design Works is a studio that places importance on “traditional craftsmanship that is kind to both nature and people”. The studio is in pursuit of the infinite shades of color within plantlife, with natural dying used to produce its products. Maito Design Works creates various kind of products in their own lab, and operates in close partnership with artisans throughout Japan. Through these activities, it is contributing to the revitalization of manufacturing by incorporating traditional Japanese techniques which would otherwise be lost to the sands of time. The products are produced with the blessing of nature, imparting them with a beauty that will never fade.
Botanical leather dyed with plants and trees.
Botanical leather is a 100% plant-derived, plant-dyed leather. The color of the dyed leather varies depending on the season and the length of time that it is dyed, meaning every pattern and color is completely unique. By using natural materials, the leather not only has a gentle dyed finish, but also a texture and color that gradually matures over time.
Stitch-free leather to show the material at its best
The natural feel of the material is further enhanced by its lack of stitching, allowing the soft color and texture of botanical leather to be appreciated in its most natural form.
【Type of dyeing】
Japanese Yakusugi cedar dye
This dye uses Japanese Yakusugi cedar taken from the woodchips and leaves that remain from furniture construction. The cedar is boiled for several days to extract the color that lies deep within the tree.
”Akane” is the Japanese word for “deep red”, derived from the color of the madder plant’s red roots. The root is said to have blood-purifying, and detoxifying properties. It is the oldest red dye in Japan, and it is even used to dye the red circle of the Japanese flag.