Located in Ichikawamisato, Yamanashi, which boasts a 1000-year history of papermaking, the Japanese paper (washi) maker, Onao and industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa have teamed together to create the Siwa series.
Fukasawa discerned that the special texture of Naoron, a hard-to-tear paper developed by Onao, emerged when the paper was crumpled, and suggested designs for everyday goods that harnessed this.
The name, Siwa is both a reversing of the characters in the word washi (wasi), and a word meaning, crinkle in Japanese.
As with leather goods, these washi products are lovingly, individually crafted.
Everything from material manufacturing to sewing is done in Yamanashi, Japan.
I enjoy each item immensely. They are indeed carefully and exceptionally made items. I may make future purchases!
J.M. from UAE
I am greatly enjoying the Siwa. Thank you. I have been using Siwa products for years now. They are as wonderful to the sight and touch when you first buy them, as they are unique after years of wearing in. Also very functional as they are light-weighted but incredibly resistant. I also very much enjoyed Shokunin's professional and friendly service, fast delivery, and the extra human touch. Definitely will be back.
L.F. from China
I am very pleased with all the products I have bought from Shokunin. They are consistently of the highest quality, beautifully made and a pleasure to use. Thank you very much.
S.G. from UK
We have received the goods today, thank you, the items arrive all safely. They are really beautiful, thank you very much! Have a nice weekend!
S.C. from Sweden
Thank you for your email and my recent order. It's beautiful quality and I'm very happy with it, as well as your communication throughout my order process - very efficient and much appreciated! Thank you again for a seamless ordering process and representing such a carefully considered brand like SIWA. I can't find them here in Australia so it was a pleasure to see you stocking so much of their pieces. I hope to visit you myself when I come to Japan!
M.M. from Perth, Western Australia
The very beautiful lap-top case arrived last week, just as you said it would. It is quite extraordinary! The lightweight paper has a wonderful feel, and its character gets more interesting as it is used. I'm so very happy to have purchased the case from you, and I thank you for your kind follow-up. I am an American garden designer, and I've worked on several projects in Japan. I love coming to Japan, and I can't wait to bring the new case with me on the next trip. Thank you for your beautiful website and great customer service. I look forward to more purchases from you in the future.
D.G. from USA
Siwa, made in 2008, utilizes "Naoron," an unbreakable paper developed by the paper-sliding-door manufacturer, Onao, and is designed by the industrial designer, Mr. Naoto Fukasawa. Siwa products are currently sold in more than 20 countries.