Because of paulownia's excellent properties (lightness, humidity control, fire resistance, insect resistance, etc.), paulownia boxes " Kiribako " have been used for packaging and storage of traditional crafts, beginning with Buddhist ritual utensils, tea ceremony accessories, kimonos, and other items. It has been used from the Heian period (794-1185） to the present.
Since Kiribako and autograph on boxes also play a role in determining whether the items are genuine or not, the perception that "paulownia boxed = expensive" has taken root in Japanese culture.
Because of this cultural background, the use of Kiribako became popular not only for crafts but also for Japanese gift packaging few decades ago. For example, the uses are diverse, including sake, wine, confectionery, meat, honey, jewelry, leather shoes, and so on. You can see many products in Kiribako in Japanese department stores
The design of the package can be adjusted by combining silk screen printing, foil stamping, branding, and lacquering, as well as by the way the chamfering (sharp, rounded, etc.).
In addition, the originality of the wooden box can be further enhanced by combining a sleeve, outer box, watermark, Furoshiki (wrapping cloth), ribbon, etc., as decorative items.
Silk screen print on kiribako
Sharp chamfering on Kiribako
Washi and Mizuhiki on Kiribako
Kiribako for Jewelry
Kiribako for pair glassware
Kiribako for Japanese sake
Kiribako for pair pottery cup
kiribako for Tumbler