This leather compact mirror is carefully handmade in Japan by artisans who practice traditional methods that date back to 1582. Originally used as a way to decorate and boost the durability of leather pieces on Samurai armor, lacquer is embossed onto supple deerskin leather for a beautiful layer of protection. The intricate design gives the mirror a distinctive finish and makes one a gift rich in history.
Shigeki Uehara of Inden Est. 1582 is more than just the man in charge. He is a fourteenth-generation Uehara and he is carrying on a family tradition begun in 1582.
Yuushichi Uehara created Inden’s signature technique of lacquer-embossing deerskin leather with wooden blocks over four hundred years ago. For 12 generations, his family passed down this skill orally. Samurai warriors were some of his first customers. The lacquered patterns layered onto the leather pieces of their armor added protection, both in battle and from the elements. The same applies to the leather accessories Inden now creates. The intricate designs applied by skilled artisans also give the key case, mirror, and coin purse a richly detailed look. The careful construction and attention to details is evident in each piece. And would surely make Yuushichi proud.