Bamboo Basket Tote
Elegant, unique and exquisite Japanese bamboo basket tote by a bamboo craft artist Tamotsu Nishimoto with leather handles is carefully handcrafted combining the traditional techniques with contemporary designs.
Bamboo is very strong and durable especially when knitted and woven to be baskets and the surface ages beautifully turning a lovely and shiny caramel brown colour after 10-20 years - yes the basket will last a life time if treated well.
This basket tote is big enough to carry a 13-inch laptop computer plus other everyday necessities in a round shaped body. There is a small hook at the top for a secure holding.
Handles are made of natural leather. This listing is for black handles and it is also available in natural color.
This item will be shipped by EMS (Japan Post/USPS) if available for the shipping country even if you selected UPS option. If you prefer UPS shipping we are happy to arrange it with additional shipping cost.
Measurements (Approximately): 33cm (W) x 23cm (D) x 23cm (H) / 13"(W) x 9" (D) x 9" (H), Handle is 14mm/0.55" wide and 59cm/24" long
Materials: Bamboo, cow leather
Handcrafted in Oita, Japan
ABOUT THE MATERIAL
Bamboo is one of the most characteristic plants of Japan and high quality Madake - a type of bamboo these bags are created with - are grown predominantly in Beppu City of Oita prefecture in Kyushu, where the maker bamboo craft artist Tamotsu Nishimoto is based. The well crafted bamboo totes that are created using techniques of the Beppu Bambooware - a governmentally designated traditional craft of Oita- can be enjoyed for a life-time if used with care. Bamboo is very strong and durable especially knitted and woven to be baskets and the surface ages beautifully turning a lovely and shiny caramel brown colour after 10-20 years.
The basket is made with madake bamboo from Oita prefecture with natural finish without any coating or painting. The surface although left uncoated it has toughness that resembles that of enamel or glass and water or dirt can be easily wiped off. (If left wet for a while the colour of bamboo may get darker but it will be back to what it was before after it dries.)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tamotsu Nishimoto is a bamboo craft artist who produces beautiful bamboo crafts -bags and baskets for everyday use- in Beppu, Oita prefecture. Originally from Chiba a neighbor prefecture of Tokyo, after working for an electronic manufacturing company Tamotsu moved to Beppu to be trained for bamboo ware making and became a bamboo craft artist and started his own brand Tamotsu Seisakujo Bamboo Works in 2010. Oita is the number one producer of madake Japanese timber bamboo and Beppu bamboo ware is a governmentally designated traditional craft of Oita.
Orders are shipped from Japan using Japan Post mail services or Yamato Transport/UPS.
*Shipping options are currently limited due to COVID-19 and the current situation in Russia-Ukuraine.
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Shipping cost is determined by weight or the size of the package and destination and it depends on the shipping option you select. You will see the available options for your chosen items at checkout.
Orders are typically shipped within 1-5 business days of your purchase if all items are in stock.
SHIPPING TO UNITED STATES
Yamato Transport / UPS Worldwide Expedited*: 4-8 Business Days / Starts from $20
UPS Worldwide Saver*: 2-4 Business Days / Starts from $23**
EMS (Japan Post/USPS): Available upon request - it can be more costly than Yamato/UPS but if you'd like a PO Box delivery please select EMS option.
*For purchase above $800, you will be collected custom/import fee upon arrival of package and this is responsible of the customer not Uguisu.
**Additional fee will apply for remote/extended areas.
*There are certain items that can not be sent by Yamato Transport such as tea and aroma mist. We may change the shipping method accordingly.
SHIPPING TO AUSTRALIA
Yamato Transport / UPS EXPEDITED*: 5-8 Business days / Starts from $21
Registered Airmail (Japan Post/Australia Post): Starts from $9
*You may be collected custom fee upon arrival of package and this is responsible of the customer not Uguisu.
*There are certain items that can not be sent by Yamato Transport such as tea and aroma mist.
SHIPPING TO CANADA
UPS Worldwide Saver*: 3-5 Business Days / Starts from $20
Additional fee will apply for extended/remote area.
*You may be collected custom/import fee upon arrival of package and this is responsible of the customer not Uguisu.
SHIPPING TO UK, FRANCE & GERMANY
UPS Worldwide Saver: 2-4 Business Days / Starts from $19
*VAT, Import Tax & Fee will be collected upon delivery)
*Please remember there is 2~4 days processing time before we dispatch orders.
SHIPPING TO EUROPE*
Registered Airmail: 5-15 Business Days / Starts from $13
Yamato Transport/UPS: 5-8 Business Days / Starts from $28
*Postal services for many countries in Europe are temporarily unavailable due to the current situation in Russia-Ukuraine.
We ship using UPS service to those affected countries for the moment, shipping cost starts from $25 and is determined by the size of the box.
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Pre-ordered or Backordered items, sale or discounted items can not be returned.
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When the package for your order gets returned to us after no re-delivery is arranged when you needed to, we can resend you the package but you will need to pay for the postage again. If you choose to cancel the items, we can refund the amount for the purchased items but not the postage as it has already been shipped and is totally non-refundable.