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enku

エンクウ

“enku” is a brand for Japanese indigo dyed leather founded in 2013 by Mr. Kenichi Harada who is a Tokyo-based leather and dye craft artist. Japanese indigo dye is also called “Japan blue” and its beauty is attracting many fans overseas. However, dyeing leather with this plant is still uncommon because of the technical difficulties. Through repeated trial and error along with extensive studies on the materials, Mr. Harada finally was able to find his original process for dyeing. The products of “enku” are all handmade using natural dyes. The texture of the leather and hue which is vibrant yet deep at the same time, show the uniqueness of this brand. In addition, the simple and timeless design of the products meant for long-term use is also a key feature of this brand. For “enku”’s recent collection, Mr. Harada incorporated a Japanese traditional dyeing technique of “katazome” (a kind of resist dyeing) used for kimono fabric into his leather dyeing. With his insatiable appetite for challenges and new expressions, his brand captures customers’ hearts. The word “enku” means “link” and “sky” in Japanese which conjures an image of boundless expansion. Being true to its name, this brand keeps on evolving, to be loved without boundary and timelessly.

2013年に東京で設立された「enku(エンクウ)」は、染革作家の原田賢一さんによる藍染革小物のブランドだ。日本の藍染めはジャパン・ブルーとも呼ばれ、海外にも愛好家が多いが、技術的な難しさゆえ、革への染色は普及していない。原田さんは、さまざまな研究の上に試行錯誤を繰り返し、ついに独自の染色工程に辿り着いた。「enku」の製品は、全てハンドメイドで、天然染料のみを使う。鮮やかでいて深みのある独特の色合いと肌触り、長く愛用できるシンプルなつくりが特徴だ。着物の染めに使われる日本伝統の型染めの技術を取り入れるなど、原田さんの飽くなき挑戦も、ファンを惹き付ける理由の一つ。隔てなく広がる「縁」と「空」を意味する「enku」は、進化し続ける。国や時代を超えて愛されるためにー。

Flagship Products

Japanese Indigo

藍染革

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藍染革「江戸小紋」

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藍染革「数多」

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