OUR REPAIRS OF BAGS
Although canvas is durable, wear and tear cannot be avoided as it is made from natural fiber. At Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu, we make a real effort to repair as many bags as we can. When our craftspeople receive the bags in need of repair, uppermost in their minds is thanks to the customer for their love and affection of the bag that they have made. As the stitching is carefully undone and the repair work progresses, each craftsperson always has at the back of his/her mind the question of who and what kind of person had used and loved their bags, taking hints from the owner’s name and address and the wear and tear to the bags themselves.
They gently and carefully repair them wondering all the while as to the shared memories of the bags and their owners, wishing with all their heart a new start and new memories for them. In general, from one to two months is required to repair a bag. At times the damage to the bag or the condition of the material makes it beyond repair. At other times, however, even if the owner has half given up on the bag, we are able to bring it back to life. Therefore, before you give up on your bag, please contact us to see if it can be repaired or not.
When we accept bags for repairs, we do so with the aim of making them as close as possible to what they were when first bought as well as enhance their durability so that they can continue to be used for a long time after the repairs. Assessing how much of the bag can be repaired is very important as if they are forcibly repaired, this could cause further irreparable damage. Therefore, the eye of the craftsperson is invaluable in gauging just how much to repair and when to desist.
The corners of the bag have abraded into a hole due to many years of use.
The bottom of the bag was taken in to close the hole. However, discretion had to be used as the bag’s shape would change if too much material was taken in. Therefore the craftsperson had to aim for a fine balance of just how much material to take in to mend the hole yet retain the bag’s shape. Moreover, to prevent the new stitching from tearing free of the material, the extent of damage to the material was considered and the optimum place for the stitching to be done decided.
This bag was believed to have been made more than 20 years ago based on the parts used. The strap is frayed while the pocket and label are about to come off.
The frayed straps were cut off in the middle and new ones sewn on. The utmost care was given so that the stitching looked continuous and not added on as well as that the left and right strap lengths were the same. As for the pocket, the stitching on the side where it was coming undone was taken out and the pocket re-stitched. The same was done with the label. The metal parts were replaced with new ones without damaging the material in the hope that the owner could continue to enjoy using the bag for as long as possible.
The bottom and corners of the bag are frayed. The shoulder strap is also badly frayed.
First the craftsperson has to decide whether to reinforce the bag’s bottom with material from the inside or the outside. Then the type of stitching, large or small, to better reinforce the material has to be decided upon. In this case, the diagonal tear on the bottom was wide. Therefore it was patched from the inside to give the bottom added strength. The stitching of the old, frayed shoulder strap was taken out and the metal parts carefully removed so as not to damage the material and both strap and metal parts were replaced with new ones.