Edo SANKOU inden


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Japanese “Inden” is famous for its soft deer leather and traditional shiny patterns created by the application of Japanese lacquer. The naming “Inden” is said to come from the word “India.” Some of the oldest “Inden” objects are “Tabi” socks collected in the Shosoin treasure trove (built in the middle of the 8th century, in Nara prefecture, Japan) and a letter box (called “Fubako”) from the Nara Period (710-794) in Todaiji temple. Traditionally, “Inden” was used to make harnesses, belly bands (“do-maki”), armor, purses, change purses, jackets and cigarette cases. In contemporary Japan, “Inden” is seen in objects such as wallets, straps for Japanese “geta” sandals, Japanese seal keepers, handbags and belts.


Edo Sanko Inden has been producing original handbags and many wallets. We are famous for our handbags that use patchwork “Inden.” Similar to the patchwork quilt, we apply different colours and patterns of “Inden” squares to create handbags. Carefully placed, our patchwork “Inden” fits the contemporary life style. The processes of lacquering leather and handbag production all happen in Tokyo and neighbouring areas. Edo Sanko Inden was established in 1988 and we have been producing our “Inden” handbag since 1988. While respecting traditional patterns, designs and motifs, we have been creating new products to meet the expectations and requests of our valued customers. It is our hope to create products that are enjoyed by a wide range of people beyond the limits of age, gender and geography.