Inden Yamamoto Co Ltd.
Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture
Inden Yamamoto is exploring new possibilities for inden craft while maintaining its traditions.
Founded in 1955, the company is now home to the sole certified Traditional Craftsman (General), who is passing down this art to the next generation. Two generations back, Kinnosuke Yamamoto worked at Uehara Shoten (now known as Indenya Uehara Yushichi), and when he later founded his own business, that was the start of this company. Afterward, Kinnosuke’s eldest son, Makoto, inherited the business. Makoto inherited the techniques of Kinnosuke, passed the certification test for recognition as a Traditional Craftsman (General) for Koshu Inden in 1996, and has carried out his work as the sole certified Traditional Craftsman (General) in this art form for decades thereafter. Since 2000, his eldest son also works for the company. His name is Yusuke, and his second son, Noriyuki, has also started joined. Each leveraging each other’s strengths, they strive to expand the demand for Koshu Inden products and further improve product quality. While working to increase recognition of Koshu Inden through efforts such as workshops and lectures, Inden Yamamoto is also proactively expanding its collaborations. Ordering methods have been improved to support a variety of needs, including support for custom-ordered goods, and the company is searching for new possibilities for Koshu Inden. Inden Yamamoto also strives to ensure the traditional craft will be passed down, as Yusuke Yamamoto, who is currently the only certified Traditional Craftsman (General) in this art form, inherited the technique from his father. What makes the technique of a Traditional Craftsman special are the quality and speed of the work. Maintaining focus to complete multiple works without any loss in quality is extremely difficult when working with traditional crafts. Currently, the company is also striving to craft its inden products using only Yamanashi materials. They continue working day to day to achieve an inden with high traceability utilizing Yamanashi deer, lacquer, and techniques.
Deer leather with a supple texture dyed in vibrant colors.
A special-order item, each one is painstakingly carved by hand by the artisan.
Founded in 1955, the company is now home to the sole certified Traditional Craftsman (General), who is passing down this art to the next generation.
Inden Yamamoto Tapered Shape Strap
¥7,000～ (5 colors)
Tanned deerskin is dyed and decorated with lacquer patterns. Supple fawn leather with a soft texture is used. Compared to cowhide, deerskin has finer fibers, and as a result the lacquer decorative elements can adhere more easily. Paper is applied to the leather and treated with lacquer. The paper used is “Ise dyed pattern paper” which is also known as “Mino Washi,” and each and every decoration on this special-order product is carefully carved by hand. Because the patterns are completely hand-carved by artisans, each pattern of this traditional craft process takes more than three months to complete. The plump and beautiful three-dimensional patterns are characteristic of inden goods, and these patterns are formed by utilizing the surface tension of the lacquer so that the paper is fixed in placed and hardens in the same exact position. Enjoy the deep history of traditional handicrafts on your arm.More detail