morukan.art

wear artwork daily

We create great useful tote bags for everyday life with the world-famous Denim from Fukuyama, Japan, and customized with exclusive artworks.

morukan.art - a denim tote bag in Kyoto Japan with an unicorn artwork
morukan.art - a denim tote bag in a Japanese temple at Kyoto with an unicorn artwork
morukan.art - let's carry all your belongings with you a great tote bag in denim with artwork
morukan.art - keypoints of the bag
morukan.art - let's customize your denim tote bag with hundreds of artworks
morukan.art - logo and baseline of the Japanese brand making denim tote bag in Kyoto
morukan.art - keypoints of the denim tote bag with pretty artworks
morukan.art - a denim tote bag in a temple in Kyoto Japan
morukan.art - a denim tote bag with ginko leaves in Kyoto Japan

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The Concept

The concept of morukan.art is the association of a great denim tote bag produced by artisans and an artist who designs a beautiful artwork shaped to become the front pocket of the bag.

From human point of view
> marukan.art = artisans ✕ artist

From product point of view
> marukan.art = denim tote bag ✕ artwork

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The Product

The fabric is the world famous Denim made at Fukuyama, Japan.
It's 100% cotton.
The fabric is bi-colored with always a face in dark blue
(during ordering, you can choose if you want the dark blue face, inside or outside)

The bag is large enough to carry all your daily personal belongings.
The bag has long handles to easily open it. One handle can stay on your shoulder while you open it wide.
The bag has also 3 inside pockets to separate keys, smartphone, wallet...
A gentle magnet keeps the bag close; it allows to open quickly the bag with one hand only.

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The front pocket which could carry a A5 notebook is in white cotton.
The artwork is printed on the pocket with vibrant inks, before being sewed on the denim bag.
A printed back pocket could be added in option; this way you could wear 2 completely different artworks on the same bag.
(the characteristics of the second printed pocket are exactly the same as the front one)

At the bottom, we put a piece of real Japanese tatami to keep your bag in good shape; this way your bag can stand perfectly.
The fabric of the tatami is natural washi paper; there are several colors (white brown, flax color, gray cherry color...).
The stiff bottom is water-resistant.

(curious to know everything about our denim bag? so have a look here!)

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The Making

morukan.art - how we make the great denim tote bag in Kyoto Japan

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All of the components for your bag are made in Japan, and most of them locally in a 17 km circle around our place.

ItemMaterialOperationLocation
FabricDenim - 100% cottonmakingFukuyama, Japan
Artwork100% cottonprintingKyoto-fu, Japan
Bag100% cottonsewingKyoto-fu, Japan
Tataminatural washi papermakingKyoto-fu, Japan

(interested to discover our secrets of fabrication? have a look here!)

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Our Story

TokiPY (the owner of morukan.art brand) is an artistic collaboration (from France, the US, Japan) to create lovely daily products based on cute and colorful designs. We are settled near Kyoto, Japan, and for the past 3 years, we have created more than 150 original designs for kids and their parents.

morukan.art - many designs made in Kyoto Japan

As we deeply think that Art should be worn and used daily, we started to work with print-on-demand suppliers; we had dramatic experiences for the customers (and also for us) with for example a sitting unicorn tilted at 10 degrees, orange that looked like brown, or even clothes delivered with holes?!

So we started to create our own network of local craftsmen in Japan to make high-quality products that we are proud of selling and that customers trust and are happy to wear.

TokiPY.com - many colorful products designed in Kyoto Japan

After some synchronicities and many hours of prototyping, we created a fashionable tote bag, and the related brand called "morukan.art", made with the world-famous Denim of Japan and customizable with Artworks.

morukan.art - the great denim tote bag designed and made in Kyoto Japan

About us

morukan.art - the great team from Kyoto Japan

We are a Franco-Japanese couple living in Kyoto Japan, passionate about graphic design and everyday objects combining tradition, fabric, and colors. We are focused on creating great products we could use daily.
We have worked on morukan.art for more than one year and we are delighted to be able to offer you a unique product of high quality, customizable, and made by talented artists and craftsmen.

Contact

If you have any question, remark, suggestion or request for collaboration, send us a message via the form

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Online shop (only for Japanese residents)

This online shop is reserved for Japanese residents who want to benefit of tax donations (you pay your tax to the city and you get the bag you want to buy as a gift).

This online shop is guaranteed by our partner Satofull.Click on the bag of your choice and take advantage of tax donations.

morukan.art - great denim tote bags from Kyoto Japan - Yuni baby unicorn on candy clouds

Yuni the baby unicorn on Candy Clouds
Denim tote bag - blue outside, purple inside
13,200 ¥

morukan.art - great denim tote bags from Kyoto Japan - Yuni the baby unicorn on Rainbow

Yuni the baby unicorn on Rainbow
Denim tote bag - purple outside, blue inside
13,200 ¥

morukan.art - great denim tote bags from Kyoto Japan - Yuni the baby unicorn exploding rainbow

Yuni the baby unicorn exploding rainbow
Denim tote bag - blue outside, purple inside
13,200 ¥

morukan.art - great denim tote bags from Kyoto Japan - Yuni the baby unicorn Fireworks

Yuni the baby unicorn Fireworks
Denim tote bag - blue outside, purple inside
13,200 ¥

morukan.art - great denim tote bags from Kyoto Japan - Flowers of life purple-cyan

Flowers of life - purple cyan
Denim tote bag - blue outside, purple inside
13,200 ¥

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morukan.art - great denim tote bags from Kyoto Japan
morukan.art - great denim tote bags from Kyoto Japan

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the denim maker as famous as you say?

Honestly, yes, but make your own opinion by checking these links
- company's website: kaihara-denim.com
- Uniqlo references: partnership / news
- Levi's references: blog / news

Can I choose the second color of the Denim?

Foremost, you can choose if the blue denim is used to make the outside the bag, or the inside.
- For individuals, the second color of the denim, which is the back of the fabric, will depend on our stock; the available colors are set in the order form (we have Purple in stock for the moment).
- For businesses that order at least 30 items, can choose the second color in our catalog of denim.

Can I choose the color of my tatami bottom?

Yes, definetely! Our supplier proposes 14 colors of washi paper and they have all in stock.
Just the stripes of the borders would be navy blue like the ones used to sew the inside of the bag; this is to keep class the design of your bag.

Can I drawn my tatami planch?

We designed and built a hard bottom that could withstand rain or liquid spilling into the bag. We didn't attempt to submerge the tatami mats in a tub or let Stuart Little surf with them.
Please use this piece of craft correctly(⌒▽⌒)

Can you print my own picture on the pocket?

Yes, we can! Contact us directly to explain your project and we will send you back the template and specifications.
We might charge you reasonable fees to prepare your data for printing.

I am an artist and I would like to order several bags with my artworks printed on them to resell them.

We are open to this kind of collaboration, so feel free to contact us directly.

I am a business owner and I would like to order several bags with my brand on them to offer/resell them.

We are open to this kind of collaboration, so feel free to contact us directly.

I am representing a group of friends who would like to buy in bulk to reduce sending fees.

We are open to this kind of collaboration, so feel free to contact us directly.

I received my bag but I do not like it; how do we manage it?

We both have the same objective: you wear daily the bag with the artwork you love. So based on that, if you do not love it, you could send it back to us and you will get a refund. You just have to match the following criteria:
- the printed artwork is from our catalog (we cannot refund a bag made with your own pictures)
- all the components of the bag (including the tatami) are in perfect condition
- you support the shipping costs from your place to ours

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The making details

Our production is localized in Japan, and except for the Denim fabric which is made at Fukuyama, all our suppliers are located within 15 km near Kyoto.

morukan.art - how we make the great denim tote bag in Kyoto Japan

Our supplier for the Denim has been an expert on fabric since 1893. It is one of the only manufacturers in the world that integrates all stages of the denim manufacturing process, from raw cotton to finished denim roll, including spinning, dyeing, weaving, and finishing.
Its fame is international and it works with Uniqlo, Levi’s, Lee, GAP... and us!

morukan.art - how is made the Japanese denim for our great tote bag

Our printer is a work center for the disabled people with impressive machines which make such fine printing.

morukan.art - who prints the colorful pocket for our great tote bag

Our couturier has produced many different kinds of products like bags, dolls, obi for kimono... since 4 generations. It is a human-sized company capable of producing small to medium series like ours.

morukan.art - who sews the parts in fabric for our great tote bag

Our tatami maker has built tatami for temples and shrines for 5 generations (~120 years); they love the diversification brought by the manufacture of our bag bottoms. Moreover, the factory is located in the same city as us.

morukan.art - who prints the colorful pocket for our great tote bag

The quality of our bag is ensured by the century-old know-how of our Japanese craftsmen.

The product details

We designed the product we dreamed of, we use daily, we love ♥‿♥

morukan.art - a denim tote bag with artworks and tatami bottom

The bag is composed of 3 main elements

  1. a nice tote bag in great Denim

  2. a light and rigid tatami as the inside bottom of the bag

  3. an outside pocket with exclusive artwork printed on it

morukan.art - a denim tote bag with artworks and tatami bottom

1. a nice tote bag in great Denim

The bag is large enough to carry all your daily personal belongings.
H x L x W = 34 x 30 x 15 cm ~ 13,4'' x 12'' x 6''

morukan.art - a denim tote bag large enough to carry all your daily personal belongings

The bag has long handles to easily open it (height = 32 cm ~ 12,6'')
One handle can stay on your shoulder while you open it wide.

morukan.art - a denim tote bag with well designed handles

The bag has also 3 inside pockets to separate keys, smartphone, wallet...

morukan.art - a denim tote bag with 3 pockets inside to organize your stuff as you wish

A gentle magnet keeps the bag close; it allows to open quickly the bag with one hand only (and if your environment needs safer closing, you could get 3 magnets in options).

morukan.art - a denim tote bag with a gentle magnet to close

The fabric is the world-famous Denim made at Fukuyama, Japan.
It's 100% cotton 12,5 oz. The fabric is bi-colored with always a face in dark blue.

morukan.art - a great bi color denim

2. a light and rigid tatami as the inside bottom of the bag

At the bottom, we put a piece of real Japanese tatami to keep your bag in good shape; this way your tote bag can stand perfectly.

morukan.art - a tatami inside the denim tote bag to make it standing perfectly

The fabric of the tatami is natural washi paper.

morukan.art - a tatami in natural washi paper inside the denim tote bag

There are many colors (white brown, flax color, gray cherry color...); choose yours!

morukan.art - many colors for the tatami in natural washi paper

With the components used to make it, the stiff bottom is water-resistant.

3. an outside pocket with exclusive artwork printed on it

The front pocket which could carry an A5 notebook is in white cotton.

morukan.art - a A5 sized pocket outside of the great denim tote bag

The artwork is printed on the pocket with vibrant inks, before being sewed on the denim bag.

morukan.art - a great artwork super fine printed on the pocket

A printed back pocket could be added in option; this way you could wear 2 completely different artworks on the same bag. (the characteristics of the second printed pocket are exactly the same as the front one)

Your own picture can also be part of the project! We love flashy colors and kawaii designs, but you might prefer wearing your own artwork or "your family pet sleeping on a bench"!
So keep in mind, we can print it for you ☚(°ヮ°☚)