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Maruwakaya iPhone cover made from deerskin

Looking to pimp your iPhone in 400-year old bling? Maruwakaya has designed an iPhone cover made from Inden, a process dating back to the early edo period when artisans used tanned deerskin to make shoes and pouches. The design, which reorients traditional crafts as an evolving modern technique, was originally showcased during Design Tide ’09 in Tokyo.

They are available in 4 traditional Japanese patterns, and two colors, black or yellow. Black goes for 11,000 yen while yellow is 12,500 yen. The limited editions are being shipped on February 1, 2010 and you have to fill out this form if you want to get in line.

left: Asanoha | right: Takarazukushi


left: Asanoha | right: Takarazukushi

Here is your tid-bit for the day: there is only one man in all of Japan who is an official Inden artisan, with a license from the state. (according to wikipedia)

via voice of kyoto

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4 comments

1 L.O. Itzmi { 01.16.10 at 1:53 am }

I don’t think I can wrap my i-phone in Bambi’s coat. She needs it more than my i-phone.

2 L.O. Itzmi { 01.15.10 at 8:53 pm }

I don’t think I can wrap my i-phone in Bambi’s coat. She needs it more than my i-phone.

3 Suzanne { 01.18.10 at 10:54 pm }

I love the yellow designs

4 Suzanne { 01.18.10 at 5:54 pm }

I love the yellow designs