We love haberdashery that showcases traditional craft! Like Sajou, from France, who make beautiful sewing items using designs from their 150 years of business. We also carry Buaisou and Temaricious hand-dyed threads from Japan. These are used in traditional embroidery and for making Temari balls.
Now, we have another beautiful supplier from Japan~ Cohana! They provide high-quality, handmade tools selected from regional products and craftsmanship throughout Japan.
These Yuzen Leather Tape Measures from Cohana are made by a special method of dyeing created by Mr. Takeguchi in Kanagawa. He has adapted the craft of Yuzen dyeing (often seen in silk kimonos) for the leather cases. Special dyes are used to bring out the unevenness of the leather surface. They look and feel very special.
The tape measures inside the leather case come from a company in Osaka called Hara Doki, who make high quality fibre glass; they won’t stretch or contract, giving you an accurate measurement every time.
Cohana have brought together the leather craftsmanship of Kanagawa with the technical excellence of the fibre glass tape measure from Osaka to make an unique and excellent product.
Japan is also well know for its excellent quality blades. These Shozaburo Thread Clips are made, one pair at a time, by a family company in Tokyo, who descend from the original master, Miura Shozaburo.
The handles are wrapped in silk Iga braids from Mie. Iga braids are primarily used for armour-making since before the Nara period.
The silk threads are gentle on the hands. The snips come with this soft leather sheath.
Like all of our Japanese products, the Cohana items are beautifully packaged, so make an excellent gift.
We’re always on the lookout for unique haberdashery and we have some very special things to show you over the next few weeks!
Edinburgh Yarn Festival
Look out for more hints about what we’ll be bringing over the next month!