KEI is a trademark of modern Kyo-sashimono. Kyo-sashimono means traditional and industrial arts and crafts at Kyoto in Japan.
"KEI" shows such traditional technique.
Japan had a custom: that people planted paulownia trees when they had daughters
in order to arrange about chests and dressers for future brides. They rarely have such a custom now.
UMENODESIGN started the project of making modern bride's tools in which new Kyo-sashimono techniques are seen.
Every tools is carefully handcrafted.
Paulownia tree is good at moistureproof,fireproof,air tightness,and is the lightest of all Japanese trees.
KEI will be developing techniques of Kyo-sashimono.
Generally, Sashimono means to joint with board to board, board to stick and stick to stick.
And an another opinion, to use the MONOSASHI(which means measure) The origin of Kyo-sashimono comes from China and Korea .
Where the bowl or a statue of Buddha were made with stone or metal . In Japan,
made with wood. The capital moved to Kyoto from Nara in A.D.794. Over 1,200 years since then ,
the culture of industrial arts has been developing.
In Kamakura-Muromachi era, it reached high-grade stage. At the time, Sen-no-rikyu who established
Sa-dou(one of Japanese tea culture) was fond of a technique of plain wood manufacturing. Kyoto has been the center of industrial
arts and has contributed to develop it to all Japan. Now,
Kyo-sashimono has the pride of high technique and technology.