The wood of the paulownia tree used for Kamo kiri tansu have a beautiful white luster with the same sense of quiet refinement as silk. The straight, dark brown wood grain, which looks like it was painted by a brush upon the pale wood, creates an elegant feeling that cannot be found in any other wooden furniture. While the drawers open and close very easily, they form an incredible seal when closed, keeping clothes safe from humidity and heat thanks to the drawer’s great hermetic properties.
The preparation of the wood requires milling, removing the resin, and then drying for nearly three years. The entire assembly process of joining the wooden boards, planing, assembling the mortise and tenon joints, and attaching metalwork decorations is done entirely by hand. It is truly an impressive sight to see the artisans working with hand-tools such as chisels and planes to create a product of such beauty and refinement.