2017.08.20

ABITAX special case

A special case worthy of the special THETA. The “ABITAX” special case we have prepared this time.

Each case has been handmade with care by 2 expert craftsmen.
1 of the craftsmen works in Osaka, the other in Chiba.

2 expert craftsmen

Completion of the flow

The case requires a complex process and we had to cross the whole of Japan for this. So, what type of techniques went into making the case?
We were given the opportunity to talk to the 2 expert craftsmen and would like to tell you about what they had to say.


○ Basque wool technique

This classy hat was made using the same technique as the special case.

The technique was originally used to make hats.
A “fulling” technique that intentionally shrinks weaved knitted fabric by washing it is used to create a thicker and softer material. This also increases the strength of the material.
Mr. Kenichi Nagasawa has acquired knowledge of this technique. Mr. Nagasawa is a 4th generation hat making artisan.
Mr. Nagasawa inherited this technique to become the leading person in “fulling” within Japan.
He has been applying the technique used to make hats for bags and other items and this time used it to make the case.

Unraveling the material is an important part of fulling. Each piece is carefully unraveled.
This appliance is used for fulling.

The fulling process at work, no detergents are used. Delicate parameters are used in fulling and fine adjustments are required.

We were shown the case during the fulling process as a special courtesy. You can see that it is becoming gradually smaller.


○ Weaving, clipping, and forming

Ms. Tomo Mori, a hat designer, is in charge of the design, weaving, and also finishing the case after the fulling process (she studied hats in Italy).
She calculates and designs how the mouth of the case closes after assuming for shrinkage during the fulling process. After this, she weaves the material and then sends it to Mr. Nagasawa in Osaka.
Mr. Nagasawa performs fulling on the material and then the material is returned to Ms. Mori.
Clippers are used to cut the fur off the returned case. After this, a dedicated mold is inserted and the case is formed to complete it.
It is easy for me to write about it here but the clipper work and forming work cannot be done without a high level of skill and it is craftsmanship that needs many years to become expert.
Both logical designing and intuitive finishing are performed, and I believe it is fair to say that Ms. Mori is simply an artisan of the modern age.
Ms. Mori said “It’s so cute” when talking about the special case and spoke a few words aimed at customers who will actually use the case.
“It will make me happy if the customer uses the case with care,” she said. It’s only a few words but her words hold the thought that each individual case has been carefully handmade to finish.

Designing using a computer.

The designed data allows weaving to start immediately.

Clipping → Forming

The clipping, mold insertion, and forming require proficient skills.
Generally, camera cases are often made from leather or synthetic material but a special woolen case is used for this product.
It has a unique feel to the touch and you never get tired of just touching it. The ABITAX special case gently wraps around the “RICOH THETA SC  Type HATSUNE MIKU”.
It has 2 types of clips included for carrying around THETA MIKU whenever and wherever you like.

A modern day work of art, alive with the spirit of an artisan. ABITAX special case. We hope that you come to love it along with THETA MIKU.


The case design and its basic composition was reviewed by Mr. Yamaguchi, the President of ABITAX Inc. and Mr. Sugimoto from the same company. Most of the related information was collected by Mr. Miyasaka. Mr. Hashimoto from SUN FELT worked hard on this as the project manager.
Cooperation from Mr. Ikeda, Plant Manager at SHIGEMATSU, was vital for the fulling process.
I would like to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am to you all.


(Employee sal)

   
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