IMASATO Co.,Ltd. has been creating tassel and knot artifacts for over 100 years since its birth in Yame, Fukuoka. This area is the place where you can enjoy a large variety of Japanese traditional arts and crafts.
Reflecting the heritage of traditional mind found in authentic knot and tassel creations – as well as with our innovative esprit; we are engaged in developing artifacts. We would like to bring you a set of tasteful, beautiful, and exquisite artifacts that can be used as daily accessories, fancy ornaments or even household goods.
Our artifacts link the ancient with the present and the future, and also connect people together as well as bringing luck.
It is said that ancient people believed that the knot marks the crux where the will of God resides, and it is respected it as an object of faith. The “Knot” does not only depict a means that ties items together, it also signifies the bringing of people together as well as embracing good luck. In addition, it bridges the past, the present and the future.
Brilliantly designed knot ornaments such as the traditional “Hanamusubi” (a knot shaped like flower) are often used for Japanese dolls and other traditional Japanese crafts, and create an aura of magnificence, nobility and graciousness.
We would like to provide the spirit of such wisdom and taste of our ancestors to a wide range of people.
All the tassel and knot artifacts created at Imasato are handmade.
We respect the aesthetics that we have embraced from the past and we go to great lengths to ensure every detail such as the material, shape and use of color is authentic.
We design our products from the heart by hand.
“IMASATO” – a series of accessories applying the traditional and popular artisan’s technique that has been famous in Yame for many years – is finally here!
The concept of the design is based on the Momoyama period (from 1568 to 1600).
This was an era where traditional craft flourished the most. We have designed these accessories to ensure that they embody the authentic flavor of the Momoyama Period imagining how fabulous these accessories were when they were available back in that era. In collaboration with woodcrafters, painters of lacquerware and artisans of tassel,
we have created stylish and graceful accessories that encompass delicate hand painted lacquerware ornament piece at the top and a pure silk tassel in ancient colors at the bottom whiffles.
The Knot is not only an element that ties items together, it also connects people, brings “EN” and bridges the past with the present and the future. It is said that ancient people believed that the knot itself is the crux where the will of God resides, and is respected it as an object of faith.
Japanese people have been honoring “EN” for a long time.
“EN” does not only mean the affinity between man and woman, but it also signifies the “tie” between people across each type of relationship, including family, mentors and connections at work.
It also pertains to the alliance one has concerning health matters. We are all connected by this magical, invisible EN.
We have designed the accessories by utilizing a traditional and skillful Japanese decorative format, Hanamusubi (a knot shaped like a flower) which symbolizes the wish for good EN for all the people.
In Japan, there is a traditional and elaborate technique called “Hanamusubi”, which has been used and passed down from ancient times.
Aside from it being a medium that ties items together, it has been interpreted as an emblem that signifies “luck” and “flower”.
Imasato has been creating tassel artifacts over 100 years in Yame, and inherited the technique of placing “knots” on tassel accessories.
Through such a traditional technique, we have designed “Enmusubi” (meaning “lucky encounters” in Japanese) to wish everyone luck. These are modern Japanese accessories created with the original “Chirimen Loop”, of which each loop has a different patterned textile.
We have designed two types of “Enmusubi Accessories”. One is “Kanoumusubi”, which expresses wishing that “dreams come true”, and another one is “Agemakimusubi”, which expresses “Ever-lasting love”. As each Chrimen Loop has a different pattern, the one you choose is unique ? only to you.
The shape of the knot on the front side of Kanoumusubi looks like the Japanese character ““, and the shape of the knot on the back side looks like the Japanese character ““.
When combining these two characters, it is shaped like the character, ““, which means “dreams come true”.
This style of knot is regarded as a good luck charm.
Agemakimusubi expresses “Ever-Lasting Love”. This style of knot has a long history, and it is even found in the poetry in “Genji Monogatari” (The Tale of Genji), which is a renowned novel written in the 11th century.
The knot represents pathos of relationship between man and woman, and is regarded as a symbol of love.
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