For over 100 years since our founding, we have continued to make bags that have a purpose, rather than following trends.
Even now, bags are carefully made by the hands of our craftspeople. Some of them have never changed, others have been developed relative to the times or customer’s requests.
We would like to feature a few of our standard bags.
- CRAFTSMEN'S TOOL BAG
- MILKMEN'S DELIVERY BAG
- BAG FOR ICE BLOCKS
- BAG FOR SAKE BOTTLES
MILKMEN'S DELIVERY BAG
Milkmen’s Delivery Bags were made to carry milk bottles as they went around town delivering them on their bicycles. The bags bottom was rounded to accommodate the bottles, and the sections that would became frayed by friction against bicycle parts are reinforced with extra material. If a milk bottle were to break within the bag, there was a hole made into the bottom of the bag to prevent liquid from accumulating inside.
Long ago, many milk stores in Kyoto used this bag very well however, as of 35 years ago, people have found other uses for this bag in their everyday lives.
These reinforcements have been replaced with pockets
Birthed from the bag originally used for milk delivery in response to the customer's request, derived types were produced.
The reinforced part of the original milk delivery bag (for 20 bottles) is fitted with a pocket for ease of use. It seems that it is being used in various ways, such as organizing books or accessories in the room, and toiletries when going to a public bath.
The shape remails as easy to use
The handles are made from canvas instead of rope and sewn with two outside pockets.
There is also a zippered inside pocket, which improves usability.
Improved round bottom to an oblong shape
To make it easier to hold along the body, it has an oval bottom and a zippered inner pocket for valuables. The mouth is tied with a string.
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It is the same type as No. 68, except made with a patterned canvas. There are three patterns of seven colors: " Sekai (world)", " Midori Mizutama(green polka dots)", and " astroboy [monogram]".
It is H-04 that gave No.168 a special air through the development of using two colors. In addition, N-04 is one that uses patterned canvas.
BAG FOR ICE BLOCKS
People would use iceboxes to keep their food cool before the refrigerator appeared in the early Showa period. This bag was used by the icemaker who cut ice at the store and delivered it to homes by manpowered trailer and so on.
Even at that time, it was this "ice bag" that was used for carrying ice blocks.
A large and small size, plus a drawstring
The large size can hold 8 ice blocks (about 32 kg) and the small size can hold 4 ice blocks (about 16 kg). The bag can close at the opening with a cotton string.
Some people use it to carry outdoor equipment, etc., or put it in a room and use it as a children's toy case.
In the old days, ice shops would often use the large ice bag, but now it is almost entirely the smaller size still being used.
Improved to daily-use size.
The H-22 is a reformed version of No.93 for daily-use. Narrow the width and improve the overall small size. The handle and the bottom part have a dark color scheme due to the tendency of being the first to get dirty.
BAG FOR SAKE BOTTLES
The "sake bag" for delivering a bottle of sake or vinegar. In the old days, sake breweries put the name of the liquor on the bag and distributed it to liquor stores etc. This also became a way to advertise while out on a delivery.
Durability up with heavy-duty cardboard bottom support
Making the bag easier to use and the bottom stronger.
For everyday use, it is most often used by the general public. Some craftsmen even use it while commuting to carry a lunch box.
The bottom contains a board, and the bottom has been fitted with studs. The rope can be lengthened and be hung from the shoulder.
One size larger than No. 57, just the right size to fit two large sake bottles. In the olden days, sake bottles could not be hermetically sealed and were easily spilled, so because of that the opening off the bag was made to expose some of the bottles neck.
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