100% Nishijin Silk Kyoto craftsman's hand-made double frog mouth wallet
100% silk double frog mouth wallet produced by 'Iroha', the shop for Nishijin products that introduced modern silk items in Kyoto and run since 1738 by the same Kimono belt wholesaler family. Once you open the frog mouth, you'll find a second frog mouth inside - this creates three separate sections, so it's very handy to keep your plastic cards, coins and notes apart. The antique gold coloured mouth creates a bit of a nostalgic, old-fashioned feeling to this modern product. This new double-frog mouth is now becoming more popular that the original in Japan.
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'.