Located in Ichikawamisato, Yamanashi, which boasts a 1000 year history of paper making, 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.
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
Thank you so much Shokunin! I would like to thank you for making such beautifully crafted Japanese products available to the world! Your selection is wonderful and I hope to purchase more items in the future. Thank you for the wonderful customer service and extremely fast shipping at reasonable prices! If there’s any feedback, it would be to allow customers to search your products by category on your website - it may make it easier for customers to find what they are looking for :) L.C. from Australia
Thank you very much for the message. I am delighted with my overnight bag and it arrived very well packed and in great condition. The colour is exactly as it appeared on your website. Japan Post also very good at tracking the package and communication from you and them excellent. By the way I originally saw one of the bags in the Japan Centre in Kensington, London and that led to my purchase with you. Very kind regards.
M.W. from UK
Simple and functional design. The Siwa slippers are very light and comfortable shoes. They have enough cushions to wear barefoot, and the paper-fiber materials are resistant to tear and water damages. These slippers have been perfect for my hardwood floors. I always love Fukasawa’s minimalistic, timeless designs.
M.K. 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.