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Masu Pincushion with Kokura Textile and Shippo Glass Sewing Pins


This charming set includes a handcrafted masu-box pincushion with Kokura Textile and three unique pins crafted in the Shippo ("Seven Treasures") method.


Masu boxes were was originally used to measure rice, and later came into use holding sake glasses. This fragrant Japanese cypress masu box encases a pincushion made of Kokura textile, a cotton fabric produced in the Northern Kyushu region since the early Edo period. It is known for its three-dimensional stripes with a rhythmic color pattern created by the use of many warp threads. Kokura textile production ceased during World War II. However, after several decades, weaver Noriko Tsuiki revived Kokura textile into a thriving industry creating stylish-but-traditional cloth. The Kokura textile brand "Kokura Shima Shima" was created with the revival. The brand is highly acclaimed for its simple and versatile textile designs that fit into modern lifestyles. Since revived, the art has into a thriving industry creating stylish-but-traditional cloth.

The glass heads of these sturdy pins were developed by Nail Salon Ai-rish and Kato Shippo Works to capture the beauty of traditional Aichi Shippo ware. Shippo is a type of cloisonne ware, or lacquered metalwork, and its name derives from the "seven treasures" of gold, silver, pearl, agate, crystal, coral, and lapis lazuli. Uniquely crafted "Shippo flakes" are incorporated into the glass head of the sewing pins, bringing an elevated touch to your craft.


Three Sewing Pins
The beauty of Shippo: cloisonne enamel is expressed in a small glass ball.

Producing Regions

Aichi × Fukuoka × Gifu



Shippo|Nail Salon Ai-rish/Nagoya city, Aichi
Not only is she active as a manicurist at nail salons, but also as an instructor both in Japan and abroad. Through the world's first "traditional craft nail art," she conveys the appeal of Japanese traditional crafts.

Shippo|Kato Shippo Works/Nagoya city, Aichi
The Owari Shippo kiln has been handing down traditional techniques since 1947. Using their skills and experience, they continue to search for and create new "Shippo: cloisonne enamel ware" from a workshop.

Kokura Textiles|Kokura Shima Shima/Kita-Kyusyu city, Fukuoka
Kokura-ori, which was once ceased to exist in the early Showa period during the war, was restored in 1984 and revitalized as a modern fabric. Kokura-ori is characterized by its durable and beautiful vertical stripes. While inheriting the tradition, they are also working on the possibility of wider widths that are not possible with hand-woven fabrics, and expanding the world.

Masu Wooden Cups|Ohashi Ryoki Ltd. /Ogaki city, Gifu
In Ogaki City, Gifu Prefecture, where about 80% of the nation's masu (measuring cups) are produced, the company was founded in 1950 as a manufacturer specializing in the production of Masu. Since then, the company has been dedicated to Masu, striving to pass on its technology and culture, and to develop new ways of using Masu, hoping that it will be used by future generations.

Product Size

※All measurements are for reference. Please note in advance that the actual dimensions and weight of the product may slightly vary.

Sewing Pin
Length 35mm
Glass Bead Diameter 4mm
Pin Thickness 0.5mm

Width 46mm
Height 29mm
Depth 46mm

Handling Precautions

  • The needle tip is sharp and dangerous, so be careful when handling lost needles.
  • As a characteristic of handmade products, the size and pattern of Tombo-dama glass beads differ.
  • The top of the sewing pin may come off if you pull too strong.
  • After use, wipe off sweat and grease to prevent rust.
  • Please note that using it for anything other than sewing may cause damage or injury.
  • Due to the characteristics of the fabric, a hole may be made in the fabric when a thick needle is pricked.
  • Be careful not to let the needle get inside the pin cushion.
  • This product is for needle stick only. Please do not use it for other purposes.
  • The Masu wooden box is made of natural wood, so there may be differences in color, grain, and knots. Please enjoy them as the texture of natural materials.
  • Storage in high temperature and high humidity, direct sunlight, or drying out may cause cracking, yarn, or mold.
  • The wooden base may get sticky due to the resin of the hinoki. Wipe it off with alcohol to remove the stickiness.
  • The leather tag is made of genuine leather and may stretch slightly. Water or sweat may cause color fading or staining.
  • Keep out of reach of infants.
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