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Traditional Ryukyu Craft and Modern Aesthetics
A basket bag created by collecting Okinawa’s traditional crafts “Shii”, worked on a leading brand in Japan, YUKI TORII, who has long been an image director for Paris Collection, and is currently a designer who presides over his own brand <MAISON MAYUMI> In 2015, Ms. Yumi was given the opportunity to experience the many beautiful handicrafts of Okinawa, and was inspired by the desire to preserve and utilize the culture and technology that has been passed down. In order to shape their thoughts, we called out good craftsmen in each field and spent about three years to complete a basket bag that fits in with the contemporary fashion, and the basket bag brand was born (Le KOOGEI)
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.