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.