Akebi Musubi Brooches
Handwoven brooches created by a young Japanese crafter/artist Moe Watanabe with the traditional inspired musubi tying technique using the materials she collected from the mountain herself. The material used for these beauties are dried vines of Akebi or Akebia which is a plant that grows wild in many Japanese mountains and it has been a popular material to make handwoven baskets in northern Japan although there are fewer artisans left today.
There are two designs, one is Awaji Musubi and another the round HANA (Ume Musubi), both are used on happy occasions in Japan from the ancient times.
Moe while living in the country where she went to university she was introduced to many older people who were making everyday handcrafts using natural materials sourced locally and using traditional techniques and that inspired her to start going into the mountains to find materials to make crafts, mostly akebia vines and walnut tree barks.
Due to the nature of the natural materials and being handmade please expect slight variation in each product.
[Awaji Musubi] Approx. 5cm x 3xm
[HANA] Approx. 4cm x 4cm
Materials: Akebia Vines, metal pin
Handcrafted in Japan
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.
See here for the full information on shipping.
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.
We will only provide a refund in the event of damaged or defective items that we cannot replace. If you wish to return or exchange an item you must first contact us within 7 days of arrival by email at hello [at] uguisustore.com
Pre-ordered or Backordered items, sale or discounted items can not be returned.
We will not be able to accept return or exchange of items if contacted after 7 days of arrival, so please make sure to open the package and check the contents as soon as the package arrives.
All customers are responsible for shipping costs as well as duties on all returned items. We can not refund shipping if the package has already been shipped.
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.