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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.

This product is proudly made in Japan Made in Kyoto
Our Price: $26.40

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


602 610
(other colors have been discontinued)

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.

ATTENTION: We offer Sageo ans Tsuka-ito from several traditional workshops. As handmade products following traditional craftsmanship methods, there might be notable difference of shade for the same color, depending on the product, the workshop or even the time. Please contact us for more details.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 17 Write a review.

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Nice sageo June 26, 2018
Reviewer: Jon Andresen from United States  
Good sageo as always. Too bad the full range of colors is no longer available. Great price and ideal length for me.

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June 23, 2018
Reviewer: Isaac Jones from Chicago, Illinois United States  
Quality, quality, quality tozando always produce the best merchandise on the market.

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June 10, 2018
Reviewer: Jules Bastiaans from Amsterdam, Noord Holland Netherlands  

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Beautiful and fuctional December 18, 2017
Reviewer: Brian Chesher from Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia  
As most Tozando products, I expected to receive good quality. I really love the sageo. It's colours are bold and the feeling is of high quality.

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great company December 8, 2017
Reviewer: tal mamistvalov from lod, lod Israel  

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