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.
Thank you for the timely delivery, the items arrived in a well-packaged and secure method. It's a delight to be able to enjoy these Japanese made products during these precarious pandemic times. Excellent craftsmanship and tradition to be shared and cherished for an enduring period of time. Appreciate the congenial working relationship between local family-run businesses and the shop. Wish the team all the best, grateful for the carefully curated selection of products.
J.L. from Hong Kong
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
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.