What is Koshu INDEN?
Originating over four centuries ago in Koshu (Yamanashi Prefecture), Koshu INDEN is a traditional craft in which patterns are created on deerskin with lacquer. INDEN-YA was founded in 1582, and it was in the subsequent Edo period (1603-1868) that Uehara Yushichi, one of its early founding fathers, developed this unique technique. Ever since, the technique has been transmitted orally only to the heads of the family, who also inherited the Uehara Yushichi name. Even today, Japanese people's longstanding affinity for the power and beauty of nature still lives on. Fully embracing the sensitivities of cherished traditional crafts coupled with natural beauty, INDEN-YA continues to create products that speak to people's hearts.
- Traditional Craft Products Designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry -