On softly tanned deer leather artistic patterns are drawn with vivid lacquer. “Inden”, originally born in Koshu, the current Yamanashi Prefecture, is a rather unique and somewhat peculiar piece of craftwork inspired by the spirit of “samurai”. It separates itself from most traditional Japanese artifacts, which are usually beautiful, calm, simple and sentimental in nature.
The history of Inden goes back some centuries, making an appearance in “The Chronicles of Japan” (or Nihon-shoki), the oldest history book in Japan. In the Shosouin house in Nara, where treasures of extreme value from the 7th and 8th centuries are stored, lay the Inden “tabi” socks (though contemporary ones are mostly made from cotton, they were made from leather back in time), and in the Todaiji temple one can find Inden papeterie.