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This two pocket case keeps your cards close at hand. Cotton fabric lining added to inside pockets for durability. Our signature cut brass snap closure riveted to flap. Farmer’s Felt Nest washi. Handmade in Japan.
In the Paper Kitchen
Fujimori-san’s paper factory is like a large kitchen.Bark fiber strips are soaked in water and layed out on tables for trimming. The paper makers wear kitchen aprons and hats. Pots boil with mixtures that look like oatmeal. Deckle-edged paper sheets are warming like pancakes on a heated griddle like surface. We are creating something new by building on the 2000 years of traditional wisdom of transforming tough mulberry bark into exceptionally durable paper.
Making Farmer’s Felt
These handmade papers use much longer fibers than standard machine made papers. When soaked in water and strained over a screen by master paper makers these fibers intertwine into a strong layer. Getting an even layer of fibers over the wooden framed screens is deceptively simple looking. A mixture of fibers and water are scooped onto large wooden framed screens. The paper craftsmen skillfully move the frames to allow the water to flow back and forth across the screen interlocking the fibers. This creates a thick layer of fibers, less like paper and more like felt. To remove excess water the sheets are carefully lifted and pressed flat with hand rollers. Polishing each sheet by hand with the famously smooth fresh tsubaki leaf (Japanese camelia) finishes the unique texture. Kozo (mulberry) bark fibers are the strongest of the washi fibers and is the main ingredient in Farmer’s Felt. It is grown as a sustainable farm crop, regenerating every year.
Ecological Farmer’s Felt
Kozo is a completely renewable resource. Branches to make the fibers are judiciously trimmed allowing the plant to grow back yearly. Acid free and archival. Chlorine-free bleaching process used. No OBA (Optical Brightening Agents). No heavy metals used in the dying or coloring. No nitrogen dioxide (NO2) or sulfur dioxide (SO2) are emitted during paper manufacturing. Papers made in an ISO 14001 certified facility. Any waste fibers are recycled in the making process.
About Awagami Factory
The Fujimori family has handmade paper solely in Tokushima, Japan for over 90 years. Fujimori-san, head of Awagami Factory, was recognized by the Japanese government for technical excellence and preserving traditional washi making. They represent 8 generations of family knowledge and skill. ISO 14001 certified.
Though Postalco Farmer’s Felt is remarkably strong for paper, gentle handling is required. To keep the natural feeling of the material we did not waterproof coat the surface. There is a light water resistant treatment. If your item gets wet, pat dry with a soft cloth to absorb any liquid. Please shade dry in a well ventilated area. If placed near air conditioners or heaters the item may warp. Japanese paper is a natural material so irregularity in the color and size of fibers are part of its character. It is possible for wrinkles and surface variations to appear as well.
We ship worldwide via DHL/EMS. Shipping usually takes 7-10 days from the dispatch date.
Shipping charges vary by country and are automatically selected according to the shipping address. The shipping charges for each region are as follows.
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¥49,999 and less...............¥2,500
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¥49,999 and less...............¥3,000
¥50,000 and over..............no charge
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Some products are eligible for delivery directly to mailbox for a shipping fee of ¥380. (Nekopos)
If the products you ordered are eligible, you will be able to select it from the shipping method selection screen at checkout.
Postalco cannot take responsibility for any shipping delays due to customs clearance, payment transaction delays, or any unforeseen circumstances.
Import taxes, duties, and related customs fees may be charged when the parcel arrives at the destination country. The payment of these charges and taxes is the responsibility of recipient and will not be covered by Postalco. Duties & taxes are set by the customs authorities of the destination country. We estimate the value to be between 25-40% of the amount paid for the item(s) ordered. The shipper will contact you directly requesting payment upon your order's arrival through customs.
All shipments outside Japan include a commercial invoice to avoid delays in customs. We are unable to indicate a lower price for the value of your order listed on your commercial invoice as we must adhere to all international import/export rules and regulations.
Unclaimed packages: The shipper will leave a notice if nobody is available to sign for your package. The shipping agent will hold your package for a few days only. If you do not claim it, it will be returned to us, marked unclaimed. You will be required to pay for shipping twice to have your order sent a 2nd time. There may be some countries we cannot ship to due to courier restrictions.
CH JAPAN: HANDMADE PAPER ACCESSORIES WITH AWAGAMI FACTORY + POSTALCO
One of the last artisan paper-making studios in Japan, Awagami Factory specializes in hand-making various types of natural washi paper. Run by the Fujimori family, Awagami dedicates time to developing contemporary uses for washi, as well—its large scale inkjet photography paper is a good example. During our CH Japan travel experience we visited the 8th generation family business in Tokushima. There—among professional papermakers—we learned the art of paper-making, played with various natural fibers, sifted pulp in large basins, made our own paper sheets and participated in a Sekkazome dyeing workshop. Awagami’s pristine facility offered insight on the process and experiences that illuminated its history and future.
Tokyo-based accessories design brand Postalco (a CH favorite) has created many products with Awagami. The resulting handmade items embody everything we love about both companies. One of our favorites is the Postalco Farmer’s Felt wallet. Produced with hearty washi paper, the item has two compartments, can stow cards, coins and cash and closes with a snap. Over time the paper develops a leather-like texture. We liked it so much we collaborated with them to create our own limited edition CH Omakase Edition Farmer’s Felt version, in an exclusive deep purple, which is part of our Omakase collection and is available to purchase online.
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Thickness of only 9mm when empty but the pockets pop open to encase the thickness of about 16 credit cards.
Pockets also suitable for folded bills and coins. Snap closure prevents coins from spilling out.
Stitched flap allows the wallet to open completely for easy pocket access.
We wondered if it was possible to develop a thick washi, instead of leather, for a new kind of wallet. Over a year of development resulted in a material durable enough to be used. More like a felt than what we think of as paper, Farmer’s Felt was born. Less than half the weight of leather of the same thickness, Farmer’s Felt is an interlocked vegetable fiber felt.
Improves with age
With use, the hand-screened washi fibers relax and Farmer’s Felt molds to the contents carried, developing a fine sheen and patina.
Kozo (mulberry) bark fibers are the strongest of the washi fibers and are the main ingredient in Farmer’s Felt. Mulberry is grown as a sustainable farm crop, regenerating every year.
Farmer’s Felt Nest
I like when two different things are just starting to mix: they’re not separated, but also not completely blended. Soap suds in the kitchen sink combine and swirl together like a cloud in the sky. There are so many shapes in these patterns. These papers are not printed but are the result of carefully combining two separate pools of fiber colors which swirl and blend together creating the unique pattern in each sheet. The combined colored fibers look a little like the carefully assembled interior of a bird’s nest. Each sheet of our original Nest Paper is then hand polished in the traditional method with the famously smooth tsubaki leaf. This paper is made in Tokushima, Japan. The irregularity in color, surface texture and thickness are a part of the handmade nature of Nest Farmer’s Felt paper. Even though Farmer’s Felt is strong for paper, gentle handling is required. Water resistant treated.
Learning from Japan
The craftspeople, suppliers, and small workshops found in Japan make things not to be found anywhere else. We are fortunate to work with family businesses that are so focused on their craft. Don’t put Postalco items on a shelf or in a drawer. Their beauty is revealed through daily use. They will help you feel good at home and look impressive in a meeting.