Modern Japanese Gifts

Kyoto Canvas Bag Collection

A collection of black and red bags inspired by Japanese folding fansThis series of hand-dyed canvas bags draws inspiration from the Japanese folding fan, known as sensu. Each bag contains a series of pleats which allow the bag to expand outward in a similar fashion to the Japanese fan which unfolds with a flick of the wrist. Because of this, the bag’s volume is adjustable, allowing various items to be carried with ease. With different styles, colors, and sizes to choose from, you can select the bag or pouch that is the perfect fit for you and your wardrobe.

Beautiful black and white canvas bags dyed by a Japanese artist

About the Artist

The talented craftsman who makes these bags has been creating hand-dyed masterpieces since 1985 after studying the traditional art of kyo-yuzen dyeing. Since then he has been creating works from his studio near the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine in southern Kyoto.

Japanse bags created with traditional weaving and dyeing methods

Traditional Kyoto Craftsmanship

The fabric for each bag is made with traditional weaving and dyeing techniques developed right here in Kyoto, adding uniqueness and quality that goes beyond what can be seen. Thanks to skillful construction and attention to detail, you can be confident that you will enjoy these pieces for years to come.

Bags dyed with traditional colors inspired by Kyoto

Pouches dyed with traditional colors inspired by Kyoto

Colors Inspired by Kyoto

The rich colors found in the series of bags are inspired by hues found throughout famous locations in Kyoto. For example, the black ink color can be found in the Japanese calligraphy paintings of the famous Ginkaku-ji Temple. The striking crimson is the color of tsubaki camellias that bloom in the bamboo forest of Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. And the soft, calming cream color is based on the white stucco walls of the Katsura Imperial Villa.