100% Nishijin Silk Kyoto craftsman's hand-made cosmetic pouch
The wide open mouth style is called 'gama-guchi' (がま口：frog mouth), and has been loved by Japanese people for more than 100 years. The wide opening lets you see everything inside and makes it easy to pick up whatever you need. It looks small but has a large capacity. Producing the frog mouth pouch using Nishijin silk, the Kyoto craftsmen take pride in their work and live by their motto to 'let our customers enjoy our wares for as long as possible'.
What is Nishijin silk?
It is said that the origins of Nishijin silk date back as far as the 5th century. The Hata family arrived from ancient China to Kyoto, introducing the practice of sericulture (the rearing of silkworms for silk production). This was a success and was taken on by the local craftsmen. When civil war broke out in 1467, fierce battles raged in Kyoto and forced many craftsman to evacuate the city for 10 years. On their return, they re-settled where the Western (Nishi) army had based their headquarters (Jin). Since then, Kyoto silk from this area were called Nishijin.
The Kimura Uhei Company was founded in 1738 as a Nishijin kimono belt manufacturer. They recently opened their first shop 'Iroha', selling modern Nishijin items in tune with the concept of 'feel more Nishijin close to you'.