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Kyoto Sanada Himo Sageo
Kyoto Sanada Himo Sageo

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This Sanada Himo Sageo is made by one of the most esteemed craftsman in Kyoto, Takako Wada, the 14th generation head of her family. She is one of the very few people who still practice this art and her family history is as colorful and historical as the art that she practices. Takako Wada has now passed on her skills to her son, the 15th generation head of her family, Isao Wada, who continues to carry on the tradition of his family.

The traditional materials used is naturally dyed cotton (no artificial coloring used at all). Brown dye comes from the skin of the Japanese chestnut, yellow from Cape jasmine, red from safflower, purple from gromwell root. The dyes are obtained from about 70 different plant species. Eventually the colors on the Sanada himo came to be recognized as to represent each family, much like a coat of arms. Unlike machine-made Sageo that are woven together,
this Sanada Himo Sageo is braided together by hand on a loom, strand by strand. you are not only buying one of Japan's most refined arts, you are purchasing a part of Japanese culture and the craftsman's lifeblood.

Each piece is an individual, setting it apart from any other Sageo available on the market. 100% natural herb dyed cotton. 210 cm long, width is approx. 11mm.

Our Price: $26.40

Availability: Usually Ships in 2 to 3 Business Days
Product Code: 000-SD[0]


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About the Origin of Sanada Himo

Its name comes from the fact that it was used by Sanada Masayuki, one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi`s arch enemies, to wrap around the hilt of his sword.

Sanada Himo is unique braided, intricately patterned flat style weaving tradition in the world, and can be traced back to the Yayoi period(300 BC-300 AD). Kyoto Sanada Himo have been regarded as the finest in all of Japan. In the past, these special, strong ribbons were used as straps for hanging swords, parcel wrapping, as belts, etc. For most of the last three or four hundred years, they have been used to tie shut special paulownia boxes containing precious things such as tea bowls(and other utensils), all kinds of expensive(usually signed) ceramics, and scrolls.

Sanada Himo is made using refined natural dyes: brown from the Japanese chestnut; yellow from the Cape jasmine; red from safflower; purple from gromwell root. All together about 70 plant species are used to obtain dyes. The strength of Sanada Himo comes from the fact that it does not stretch more than the width of the ribbon, which is usually no wider than one or two centimetres. This makes it perfect for tightly tying up parcels and boxes. With the rising fortunes of Japanese tea ceremony culture in the 17th century, Sanada Himo became increasingly ornamental and varied. Today, tea schools, tea masters, temples, shrines, and art collectors all continue to use their own special design. However, there are also a wide range of so-called "public" patterns, that anyone can buy.

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 8 Write a review.

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great June 15, 2017
Reviewer: Joe  
perfectly made and very inexpensive.

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Nice product June 15, 2017
Reviewer: Frederic BUCHHOLZ from Neuilly-sur-Seine, Ile de France France  
Fits perfectly the description.

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Kyoto sanada himo sageo June 12, 2017
Reviewer: PETER MILLS from SYDNEY, NSW Australia  
I  like this product  very high quality!

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Perfect May 25, 2017
Reviewer: Andrea Terranova from Varese, Lombardia Italy  
Excellent product! The transaction was clear and the shipment super fast!!!
Thank you so much! You got yourself a new customer!!!

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Beautiful April 28, 2015
Reviewer: Nasher from Delemont  
Elegant and strong, the sageo holds a knot well. I did not find it too thin as others have said. It suits the purpose perfectly.

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