sasicco® "OBI TOTE BAG" by TANEI
TANEI, a well known Japanese company for martial arts wears worldwide, produced modern bags using textiles for traditional Judo cloths. Fabric of the bag is called "sashiko" or "sashiko ori", a machine woven unique fabric by using a brand cotton thread "Mikawa-Momen"(*1) which is a traditional product of the Mikawa region in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
The feature of the sashiko fabric is its patterned bumpy surface, the fabric boasts outstanding durability, non- flammability, and has been made into the Japanese firefighters' jackets and dōgi (uniforms for martial arts such as Judo, Kendo), since olden times.
As is evident from the fact that it has long been used for dōgi which are worn directly on the skin, this fabric is soft to the touch, yet strong and resistant to friction, and becomes more comfortable in texture over time. These qualities make this fabric also ideal for bags.
(*1) "Mikawa-Momen" or mikawa cotton is a Japanese traditional fabric that is carried on from Edo period in Mikawa district (present eastern part of Aichi prefecture).
This product is made in Japan, and has the official certification of "Mikawa Cotton", the traditional regional brand of cotton fabric.
Tanei has been handling the sashiko fabric for nearly 100 years
producing from firefighter's garments to various martial art uniforms. The fabric is difficult to work with but Tanei developed techniques to cut it accurately and sew it faultlessly, resulting
in beautiful bags.
"sasicco®" is a new brand launched by Tanei by utilizing the technology cultivated so far.
*The tailoring of Sashiko requires particularly powerful sewing machines and advanced sewing skills.
Large and practical bag, sasicco's "OBI tote" is made from durable mikawa-cotton fabric that's to reinforced with black trims which used for Judo OBI-belt. (*OBI means belt in Japanese.)
The interior is roomy enough to stow your laptop, your gym kit etc. Featuring one deep zippered internal pocket has plenty of room to compartmentalize all of your essentials, and an outer open poket is usuful for organizing small items.
This simple design and lightweight bag, can be used in unisex and regardless of age, in various scenes such as business, travel and everyday.
【 Farbe Variation / color valiation 】
1) weiß und schwarz kariert (Griff: schwarz) / white and black checkered (handle: black)
2) weiß (Griff: schwarz) / white (handle: black)
【 Maße (ca.) / size (approx.)】
Höhe/Height 30 cm
Breite/Width (top) 43 cm / (bottom) 32 cm
Tiefe/Depth 13 cm
Grifflänge/ Handle length 22 cm
【 Gewicht (ca.) / weight (approx.) 】
【 Material / material 】
100% Baumwolle / 100% Cotton
("sashiko" gewebter Mikawa-Baumwollstoff / "sashiko" woven Mikawa cotton)
Tascheninnen: Laminatbeschichtung / inside: laminate coating
【 Hersteller / Manufacturer 】 TANEI Co., Ltd. / brand : "sasicco"
【 Herkunft / Origin 】Made in Aichi, Japan
[ Care Instructions ]
Please be aware that the material has a laminated (water-repellent coating) inside.
That's why this product is not washable.
* Do not Dry Clean, and do not wash.
* To remove stains, dab the fabric using a cloth with a slightly wet with water and mild soap.
Other care details are attached in the product.
Tanei Co., was established in 1920 in Mikawa, Aichi Prefecture, where the cotton industry had its first roots in Japan.
Sashiko fabric was traditionally hand-made and labour intensive but Tanei developed machinery to make its production more efficient and consistent in quality. Garments made of Sashiko have traditionally been used to provide protection against fire. It is also used for Japanese martial art uniforms, such as for Kendo, Judo, and Tanei continues to be Japan’s top producer of such clothing.
The company has now taken the unique material they work with and turned it into a range of beautiful styled, handmade backpacks, totes and shoulder bags that inherit a durablity. Their newly launched bag brand "sasicco" has the seamless production line from weaving to cutting and sewing, has been producing extremely high quality products.
*images from TANEI Co.