SKIPPING STONE BELT
As I was meandering, I saw a group of children playing by the riverbank.
Happy childhood memories of skipping stones surfaced in my mind.
I thought, what if these stones could be gathered together to relive this childhood game,
with a luxury that was hoped for at that time, but unable to be realized?
When this idea occurred to craftsperson Mr. Nanba,
he set about creating a leather accessory specifically for carrying skipping stones.
Shaping and processing the leather
Craftspeople who understand the various intricacies of leather know that when Nume leather is immersed in and absorbs water, its plasticity will increase. At that point, a wooden mold can be used to press and shape the leather into a circular pocket that is capable of holding a stone.
To prevent the wooden mold from leaving any imprints on the leather during the pressing process, craftspeople will use a file to carefully polish the mold in advance.
THE CRAFTSMAN WHO CREATED THIS BAG
After joining Tsuchiya Kaban in 2013, Mr. Kei Nanba accumulated 5 years of experience making the Randoseru before turning to make bags for adults. He also took part in establishing Tsuchiya Kaban’s Karuizawa store and attached workshop. One of his favorite procedures in the bag-making process is the final sewing work when the leather product is shaped.