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Okinawan kago Bag:Handwoven Basket Bag
Traditional Ryukyu Craft and Modern Aesthetics
Japanese kago Bag is a collection of “refined styles”, directed by Mayumi Takano, a designer who has many years of experience in Paris Collections for Japan’s leading brand YUKI TORII, and currently heads her own brand as the President and Designer. She fell upon the opportunity to touch many beautiful Okinawan crafts and was overcome with a desire to protect and maximize the potential of the culture and uninterrupted craftsmanship that has been inherited.
To materialize this feeling, she contacted true masters in respective fields and in three years the team completed handwoven basket Bag that fits today’s style. LE KOOGEI was born.
Enchanting expression of “Coogee” evokes the rich nature of the Island.
Whip vine (Flagellaria Indica) from Okinawa is used for the material. The Islanders call it Coogee and they have been using this material in various scenes of daily life because it is light, strong and flexible. It becomes increasingly familiar to your hand with every use and its color deepens while the gloss brightens.
Kanki Tsukayama, Certified Craftsman of Okinawa, leads a group of seasoned craftsmen for weaving, and also at the Musashino-Atelier, a group of weavers with the leadership of Hiroko Hagiwara, Basket Weaving Director, work on the products.
We start by carefully making thin strips of Coogee and we incorporate simple plain weave to highlight the expressive personality of the Coogee. Within the refined impression, you could feel the warmth of handmade touch.