From the Far East to the world.
Artwork inherited from generation to generation
in Japan is introduced to the world.
TECHNOLOGY AND TRADITIONAL BEAUTY.
ESTARTE HAS UNIQUE GOLD LEAF DECORATION TECHNIQUE.
“GOLD LEAF FROM KANAZAWA（ENTSUKE）”
Gold leaf is a decorative foil-paper material that has been present in Japan for many generations. In particular, 98% of Japan’s gold leaf manufacturing is said to come from the city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa prefecture. Today, the traditional techniques have been upheld for more than 1,000 years. The Entsuke (a type of gold leaf) which ESTARTE utilizes is made through the age-old practice of hammering out a gold nugget until it is ultra thin and spreading it onto a plain sheet of wa-shi. In order to realize maximal expression of the delicate features unique to the foil, the craftsmen work an alloy of gold and trace amounts of silver and copper down to a thickness of only 0.0001mm. Finally, the foil is transferred to wa-shi one sheet at a time. The gold leaf born of this manufacturing method radiates an exquisite and refined shine.
“DECORATION BY GOLD LEAF FROM KYOTO”
Nishijin, an area of Kyoto, further advanced the manufacturing techniques for gold leaf decoration. These techniques have been employed in plastering in Nishijin for centuries and are also used in the brilliant Nishijin-ori brocades. Time-honored and exceedingly rare, the gold leaf techniques were also said to have been utilized during the restoration of national treasures such as the Yomeimon Gate at Nikko Toshogu Shrine. The pioneer of combining these practices with leather work is the Gold Leaf Leather found in the ESTARTE collection. In Kyoto as well, prominent traditional craftsmen are attempting to develop a more stable adhesive with greater resistance to the wearing and peeling of the foil, and extensive efforts have been made to select a proper coating agent. By way of circulating this material internationally, the culmination of various techniques, as part of an unparalleled collection, we have every confidence that Japan’s traditions which transcend culture and become art will be imparted to the world.
“SILVER LEAF LEATHER”
The introduction of a rich color variant, Silver Leaf Leather
Silver Leaf foil has the property of tarnishing, which is to say it undergoes oxidization. ESTARTE has a role for Silver Leaf Leather, which is only produced in Kanazawa, that showcases the beauty of the silver. A process of smoking the Silver Leaf has given rise to color variations such as gold, red, blue, black and so on.
“PLATINUM LEAF LEATHER”
The acclaim of a rare and remarkable material
A platinum-based foil-paper. At present, the number of craftsmen who can produce this leaf in Japan is 1 sole individual. Platinum Leaf boasts the added value of being rare to an exceptional degree. The coloration is silver but possessing a more profound texture in comparison to Silver Leaf.
“DORO LEAF LEATHER”
An attractive texture rising from the refinement of craftsmen techniques.
Doro Leaf Leather is produced from highly advanced craftsmen techniques in Nishijin, Kyoto. The process of making this material requires the mingling of several differently-colored foils. The precision necessary to affix and prevent the wearing and peeling of this fine, iridescent foil comes only from the hand of a veteran craftsman. Yet another work of paramount rarity.
Traditional techniques + Shining Holograms― the Inventiveness of ESTARTE.
The addition of dazzling hologram film to the manufacturing techniques of Toro Leaf, Holo-Toro Leaf. The integration of Traditional convention and contemporary holographic shimmer.
An awe-inspiring light-reflective finish.
Reflector is a material that reflects light from any and all directions. Through its glistening semblance, we can catch glimpses of the near future.
Giving a delicate sense of global appreciation a dynamic physical form.
UV（ULTRAVIOLET）printing is a method of printing in which the characters or letters to be printed are instantaneously cured or dried using ultraviolet light. Images that would be impossible by regular printing means are rendered possible along with creating textures and a three-dimensional look on the surface of the paper. At ESTARTE, in order to convey the dynamic image and subtle intensity we have given a niche to this material.