Until the 18th century, most of the fabrics used in Japan were made of silk or hemp. The first cotton fabrics seen in Japan were printed textiles that were brought from India by Dutch, Portuguese, and English traders. The use of cotton gradually permeated throughout Japan and printed cotton fabrics from India slowly came into fashion.
The charming case is made of a printed cotton textile lined with leather. The artisan carefully considered the composition of the printed textile and how it would appear.
The reserved color of natural dyes and slight imperfections in printing gives it a character. The piece waits for someone whose taste resonates with that of the artisan.