Monday, May 18, 2015

KYOTO GOES KAWAII: Gunjo retains individuality with dedicated handiwork

“Pochi bukuro” envelopes are usually made from paper, but Japanese accessories shop Gunjo offers colorful, cute ones consisting of pure silk.
They are perfect for fashion accessories while traveling.

“For the sewing work, we commission people who love doing needlework,” said Gunjo owner Shihoko Tsutsui.

She only offers products that she believes can really show the dedication of the artisans.

When Tsutsui opened Gunjo nine years ago, she initially struggled to find meaning in her shop because other stores were dealing in the same products.

Now, she goes to great lengths to give a piece of her “heart” to the customers through the dishes, bags and boxes that she selects or manufactures herself.herself.


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