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Braid (kumihimo) + gold + Japanese engraving + diamonds bracelet

Thinking about new Japanese manufacturing

Braid (kumihimo) + gold + Japanese Engraving + diamonds bracelet Shinko Studio

For us it was a very thought-provoking and meaningful task.

The trigger was a customer who came looking for our shop in the corona wreck.

“I would like to give a commemorative gift with a braid as a gift to the young lady who got married and lived in the United States and her partner.”

It was from the request.

I was talking about it, and I was told that I wanted a good job in Japan and a good job as a design.

For us it was a very thought-provoking and meaningful task.

The trigger was a customer who came looking for our shop under the circumstances of Corona.

“I would like to give a commemorative gift to my daughter who got married and live in the US and her partner.”

It was the client’s request.

We realized that he wanted a good works and an edgy design in Japan.

Braid (kumihimo) + gold + Japanese Engraving + diamonds bracelet Shinko Studio

When we try to make new things, we need to have “people” who agree with us.

This work made me feel once again that something with energy was created from it.

 

Matsushima Kumihimo Ten, Iga cord braid manufacture that continues for 4 generations

 Koki Matsushima, the 4th generation of Kumihimo-ten at iga,  Mie prefecture. Cord braiding called Kumihimo is one of Iga’s traditional industries and has a long history. Kumihimo is a cord made by braiding thin silk  threads.  This time, Koki Matsushima braided the Kumihimo by  hands. He is  an up-and-coming braid artisan and artist in his twenties.

At first, he suggested a variation of the braid that successfully exceeded our expectations.

A prominent work by one person raises the motivation of  clients and us to create.

It’s not just traditional technique, we also used  technology machine.

The cutting of the board this time uses a computer-controlled cutting machine called CNC.

The two pieces can be cut into exactly the same shape, and the work of Takeshi Uchida, a craftsman who processes metal after that, is smooth.

Curve the board along the arm.

After that, the initials was engraved and diamonds were set by Terumi Miyamoto, a Japanese engraving craftsperson (engraver).

The diamonds were removed from the ring of the client’s wife.

It is a delicate work unique using chisel and small hummer.

After engraving the characters, doing stone setting, and finishing,  Yasuki Matsushima tied the braid directly to the finished bracelet plate.

He suggested a wonderful variation of braid that surpassed our expectations.

A good work by one person raises the motivation of both customers and us to create.

We didn’t just use traditional techniques.

The cutting of the gold plate uses a computer-controlled cutting machine called CNC.

Braid (kumihimo) + gold + Japanese Engraving + diamonds bracelet Shinko Studio

And finally,  the metal parts were attached to the bracelet.

Jewelry craftsman, Takeshi Uchida attached the gold parts to the braid. It must be extremely sensitive, because the braid should never get dirty.

How do you connect different things such as metal and braid? How to make it so as not to lose its high quality.

It will be a wall that you will hit when you make a new thing.

This time, with the cooperation of Mr. Matsushima, he took the trouble to assemble a braid for practice.

Metal craftsman, Takeshi Uchida was able to fix it through a gold wire inside by a laser welder.

Braid (kumihimo) + gold + Japanese Engraving + diamonds bracelet Shinko Studio

New designs and things are born in the relationship with people

 

Shinko Studio Designer → CNC Cut Technician → Jewelry Craftsman → Engraver → Braider → Craftsman → Completed.

This time, four craftsmen were involved in the work.

The place also goes around Tokyo → Niigata → Iga → Ehime, half of Japan.

High-level work also raises the motivation of other creators, and ultimately, challenging new things are born.

And above all, the customer who ordered is a very important key man.

It’s just a matter of saying, understanding this kind of work, recognizing its value, and paying for it.

I took off my hat for my sensibility.

Due to  the expansion of Corona, their wedding has been postponed.

That’s really disappointing.

But each of us who has been involved in the work will not forget this work.

I think that things will be completed with the souls of the people who order and create them.

I congratulate them eloquently but quietly, rather than many words.

New designs and things are born in the relationship with people.

I was convinced that designing is the ultimate “connecting people” in manufacturing.

Matushima-Kumihimo-Ten

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