Maruhachi Souvenir Gallery
Hand Crafted Tableware
The town of Tobe in Iyo District, Ehime Prefecture is famous as the home of the Tobe-yaki style of ceramics, said to have ancient roots on the Asian continent. The town is believed to be named for the whetstones (toishi) that have long been produced in the area. The technical innovation of producing ceramics using the powder produced as a byproduct of the mining of whetstones is believed to date from the Edo period, when whetstones were a treasured resource of the local feudal daimyo. The Tobe-yaki style, characterized by bold arabesque patterns on a fat white porcelain was born out of the repeated struggles and trials by earth and fire of generations of potters. Despite their venerable two hundred and thirty years of history, Tobe ware is an ideal choice for everyday use, and suited to Western as well as Japanese cuisine. These durable, rustic ceramics are characterized by hand-painted patterns in a thin indigo glaze (known as zaffre, a cobalt oxide) on a body of warm white porcelain. These ceramics are designed to be useful and easy to handle, and are fired at a higher temperature than other earthenware, giving the porcelain a solid durability that is tangible in the thickness of their form. Tobe ware is truly designed to be long-lasting and useful in daily life.
■ Tobe ware Gallery inside of Cafe. ■ Tobe ware flower vase with arabesque design ■ Tobe ware flower vase with red curvilinear design
■ A matched pair of Tobe ware coffee cups
■ About rosa mosa:
Austrian Fashion Label, Established in 2002
The highest level of craftsmanship
Salzburg-born Simone Springer and Yuji Mizobuchi of Kyoto are the designers behind the rosa mosa label. They met and began collaborating while studying Footwear and Accessory design at the Cordwainers College in London.
rosa mosa stands for individualism, innovation and the highest level of craftsmanship. By sourcing primarily from local suppliers and artisans in Austria and working closely with tanneries, each pair of rosa mosa shoes finds the perfect balance between craftsmanship and artistic thought.
"Blue Print Series"
Indigo-dyeing with the help of a special paste, old wooden stamps are used to apply traditional patterns onto the leather. Afterwards, the paste is allowed to dry completely for three weeks. Without letting the hides touch, they are alternately dipped into dyeing vats and allowed to dry. Depending on the pattern this process might be repeated ten times. The printed leather is placed in the sun to dry. The entire process takes more than one month. Exposure to sunlight and oxygen ensures color fastness. This reaction cannot take place in low temperatures, so it is only done from May to October.