お針山 - pincushion - Nadelkissen


Unique pincushions produced by HIRO Co., Ltd., a clothing company with over 85 years of experience in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. The company collaborate with Kanazawa based artisans to create the contemporary and playful products for daily life using with the multiple traditional crafts inherited in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, such as the Kutani porcelain and Yamanaka Lacquerware.

 

Two product lines:

     I. KUTANI PINCUSHION: pincushion set in a genuine Kutani sake cup

    II. FOLKTALE PINCUSHION: depicting a miniature world of Japanese folktale
 
Each pincushion is a cute size as small as it just fits right on your palm. Little and tiny things make our mind easy and peaceful.

Enjoy the attractive world by a new collaboration between sewing and traditional crafts!

 

*All of the objects are made at Hiro's workshop in Kanazawa, Japan.
*HIRO’s products are so highly-regarded, they have appeared in art galleries and museums.


I. KUTANI Pincushion


Unique and modern-Japan Pincushions collaborate with a representative Japanese porcelain Kutani-ware.
The Kutani-ware, a style of porcelain made in Ishikawa prefecture is known for its gloriously painted and overglazed decorations using with 5 colors, “Red”, “Yellow”, “Green”, “Navy” and “Purple.”
(☞ learn more about KUTANI)
 
Hand crafted petal formed pincushion has been set in a colorful Kutani sake cup, in which have different traditional motife of Yoshidaya-, Iidaya-, and Ko-Kutani-style. So, not only sewing lovers, but also ceramic lovers will satisfy their quality.

 

☟Three types are available. 

A) YOSHIDA-YA - Hexagon / purple


Using the same five colors as Ko-Kutani, with the exception of red. Having a yellow background is also typical. 

B) IIDA-YA - Round / Rose-pink


Detailed figures drawn in red, fine patterns for the rim and some added golden ornaments are characteristic of this style.

C) KO-KUTANI - Square / blue


The blue-green color is the feature of the old Kutani or Ko-Kutani, and the design was avant-garde at that time.


-- NOTE ---

* The colors might be slightly different from the actual products due to different device screen settings.

* Es könnten evtl. geringe Farbabweichungen zwischen Foto und Ware auftreten, wegen unterschiedlicher Monitoreinstellungen des Geräts.

☆ KUTANI Pincushion

 

[color of pincushion/Farbe von Nadelkissen]

    A) "YOSHIDA-YA": Purple

    B) "IIDA-YA"          : Rose-pink

    C) "KO-KUTANI"  : Blue

[size (approx.) / Größe (ca.)]

    A) "YOSHIDA-YA": W. 58 mm x D. 58 mm × H. 45 mm / weight:80 g

    B) "IIDA-YA"          : Φ 57 mm x H. 43 mm / weight:50 g

    C) "KO-KUTANI"  : W. 48 mm x D. 48 mm × H. 48 mm / weight:70 g

[Material]

     (cup/Becher) Ceramics/Keramik,

     (pincushion/Nadelkissen) viscose craped fabric, Polyester wadding /  

                                                     Viskose krepp-Stoff, Polyesterwatte

[made in] Ishikawa/JAPAN

[Package box] L. 67 mm × D. 77 mm x H. 63 mm

 

*Pins are not included. / Nadeln sind nicht inklusiv.

*The pincushion is fixed to Kutani-cup. /  Das Nadelkissen ist am Becher untrennbar.

 

Pin Cushion

27,80 €

  • Lieferbar innerhalb von 1-3 Werktage *1 / Ships within 1-3 working days *1

II. Folktale Pincushion


Each piece is a fantastically elaborated mini world expressing of the Japanese folktale. The one is "Issunbōshi, and "Kaguya-hime" the other. It is a lovely small craft with attention to detail of the story, and made with authentic material, fine skills and sensitivities applied by the artisan in its creation.

 

Each item comes in a set with a handmade pincushion, 5 pcs of decorative pins decorated with the symbolistic motifs in the folktale , and a bamboo cup or Yamanaka-lacquerware.
 
By the way, in English when we start folktale "Once upon a time...", and in Japanese people say "mukashi, mukashi..." which means "long long ago...".

So, "mukashi, mukashi, there lived old man and old woman.....", enjoy the world of folktales continueing below!

A) ISSUNBŌSHI - The one inch knight -


Wavy patterned pincushion in a luxurious Shikki bowl (Yamanaka lacquerware). Including 5 dress pins of which tiny pin-tops are also crafted by hand one by one.

一寸法師 "Issunbōshi" is about a boy who is a tiny, little boy as big as a thumb. Thus, the story is often called "Little One Inch" or "One-Inch Boy." The tale dates back at least to the Muromachi period (1392–1573). To this day, all over Japan, the story of Issunbōshi is famous.

 

STORY:
mukashi, mukashi..., there were an old, childless couple. They wished for child and prayed each day "Please, please let us have a child, no matter how small." Eventually, a son was born to them. But small indeed, the child was only 1-sun (around 3 cm) in height and never grew taller. Thus, they named thier cute little son Issun-bōshi.

One day, the boy goes on a trip to see the world. The old couple equipped him with a sewing needle for a sword, a bowl for a boat and chopsticks for oars. The one-inch warrior Issunboshi sailed down the river for the city.

He becomes bodyguard to the Minister's beautiful daughter in the capital. One day, they were attacked by an ogre (oni). The ogre opened his mouth and swallowed Issunboshi. But he, down in the monster's stomach, kept stabbing away, until the ogre finally spat him out and ran away. The ogre dropped his magical mallet as he went. The princess picked it up and swing wishing Issunboshi to be grow up.

Then, he became a great man, and marraged the princess. Soon after, he invited the old man and his wife to the city, and tehy all lived happily ever after.

embedded from Instagram kinnohoshi
embedded from Instagram kinnohoshi

B) PRINCESS KAGUYA


A creamy white pincushion is placed on a natural bamboo cup. This set includes 5 pcs of dress pins decorated with important motifs appearing in the story. Individually handmade

The Japanese tale 竹取物語 (Taketori-Monogatari = "Tale of the Bamboo Cutter") is considered the first Japanese narrative, and was written during the early Heian Period (about 900 AD). It tells the story of Princess of the Moon, nowaday widely known as the tale of かぐや姫 (Kaguya-hime = "Princess Kaguya").

 

The story has been brought into modern popular culture through television and books for centuries. In most recent adaption was an animated film done by Studio Ghibli, who released The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in 2013, and was nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

 

STORY:

mukashi, mukashi..., there lived an old man and his wife. One day, when the old man went to the bamboo forest to cut some bamboo, he came across a shining stalk. When he split it open, he found inside it a cute baby girl, and named her Kaguya-hime. The little girl grows up to be a beauty and is courted by many noblemen. However, she refused their marriage proposal... 

 

Whenever Kaguya-hime saw the full moon, her eyes filled with tears. Because she was not of this world and must return to her people on the Moon. In time to come, the heavenly guards took Kaguya-hime back to the Moon, leaving her earthly foster parents in tears.

Tobosha/Wikimedia Commons
Tobosha/Wikimedia Commons

-- NOTE ---

* The colors might be slightly different from the actual products due to different device screen settings.

* Es könnten evtl. geringe Farbabweichungen zwischen Foto und Ware auftreten, wegen unterschiedlicher Monitoreinstellungen des Geräts.

☆ Folktale Pincushion

 

A) "ISSUNBŌSHI"

Set of a Pincushion in a shikki-bowl with a lid and 5 dress pins.

   [size (approx.) / Größe (ca.)]

       Φ. 47 mm x H. 35 mm - 47 mm (covered) / weight:35 g

   [material]

       (cup/Schale) wood (Yamanaka-lacquerware)

       (dress-pins/Stecknadeln) Stainless steel, resin

       (cushion/Kissen) viscose crape fabric, Polyester wadding /

                                       Viskose krepp-Stoff, Polyesterwatte

   [made in] Ishikawa, Japan

   [package] L. 77 mm x D. 77 mm x H. 63 mm

*The pincushion is fixed to the cup. /  Das Nadelkissen ist von der Schale untrennbar. 

 

B) "Princess KAGUYA"

Set of a Pincushion in a bamboo cup and 5 dress pins.

   [size (approx.) / Größe (ca.)]

       Φ 55 mm x H. 42 mm / weight:35 g

   [material] 

        (cup/Becher) Bamboo

        (dress-pin/Stecknadel) Stainless steel, resin

        (cushion/Kissen) viscose crape fabric, Polyester wadding /

                                        Viskose krepp-Stoff, Polyesterwatte

   [made in] Ishikawa/Japan

   [package] L. 77 mm × D. 77 mm x H. 63 mm

*The pincushion is fixed to the cup. /  Das Nadelkissen ist am Becher untrennbar. 

 

Folktale Pin Cushion

43,80 €

  • Lieferbar innerhalb von 1-3 Werktage *1 / Ships within 1-3 working days *1

about manufacturer

Manfacturer : Hiro Co., Ishikawa, Japan 

A clothing company with over 85 years of experience in making mainly women's clothing has developed a brand new line of products in collaboration with Yamanaka lacquerware and Kutani porcelain artisans, as well as craftsmen engaged in the production of a number of other traditional crafts in Ishikawa prefecture. 

Hiro's work with distinct designs adapting traditional craft techniques nourished in Ishikawa Prefecture are very popular in Japan and highly regarded around the world. They are selected in shops associated with museums or art galleries.