Kumihimo Keychain

Kumihimo Keychain

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Celebrate tradition and inclusivity with this beautiful rainbow-colored keychain, crafted from authentic Iga braided cord. This key ring is not only a functional accessory but also a symbol of the rich cultural heritage and community spirit of Iga City.

Historical Significance:
Iga City in Mie Prefecture, known for its traditional crafts, was the third city in Japan to enact a partnership system. Katsunori and Hiro, a gay couple who moved to Iga, have been instrumental in revitalizing local industries by creating “kumi-himo” (braided cords) and Iga pottery, with the support of understanding local people and businesses.

About Iga Braided Cords:
The origins of Iga braided cords date back to before the Nara period. These cords saw significant development during the middle of the Meiji period (1868-1912) when techniques from Edo braiding were introduced to Iga. This led to Iga becoming the largest producer of high-end hand-knitted cords.
In 1976, Iga braided cords were designated as a “traditional craft” by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, highlighting their cultural and historical importance.

Why Choose This Key Ring:
Authentic Craftsmanship: Made with traditional techniques passed down through generations.
Symbol of Inclusivity: Represents the community and cultural revival efforts in Iga.
Elegant Design: The rainbow colors and silk material make it a striking and meaningful accessory.
Functional and Stylish: A practical key ring that adds a touch of heritage and color to your everyday life.

Add a piece of cultural heritage to your collection with this beautiful Iga braided cord keychain. Perfect for personal use or as a thoughtful gift, it celebrates both tradition and modernity in a unique and vibrant way.

  • Size: Length 110mm (4.33")
  • Materials: Silk, Metal
  • Made in Japan
  • Products are handmade, so slight variations may occur.
  • If this gets wet, color may transfer

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