Inden-ya is a 434-year old family-run company specializing in Koshu Inden, a traditional Japanese craft that consists of lacquer-based printing on deerskin to create leather products. The process was originally developed in India, hence the similar-sounding name, and was used heavily to produce certain parts of samurai armor.
Although samurai armor fell out of demand, the company remains an icon of Japanese craftsmanship and has been producing durable accessories like wallets, coin purses and handbags. But a recent collaboration with another iconic figure of Japan has people rediscovering their products.
In honor of Pac-Man’s 35th anniversary, Inden-Ya decided to collaborate with Namco’s iconic arcade game to reproduce the iconic mazes, ghosts and Pac-Man as textile designs for their leather products. The resulting lineup of nostalgic yet playful purses, wallets and other accessories proved so popular that the initial run quickly sold out. Inden-Ya has now decided to produce a 2nd run of the series, which will begin shipping out in June of 2016.
Be sure to watch the gorgeous video below, which gives a glimpse into the complex production process of creating lacquered deerskin. You can find the full line-up of products right here.