Hi all, I hope this is the right category. I’m thinking about trying to make doukake/tenjin cap sets to sell. I ordered a couple doukake “blanks” from Japan and will be experimenting with those, but also trying the paper mache method from Kyle’s book. As someone who loves collecting textiles but doesn’t really have anything to do with them (I don’t sew) I thought this could be a fun way to use my stash. NOTE: I’d only be making tsugaru doukake sets for now, since that’s the only style shamisen that I have to base the fit on.
So, I wanted to get a feel for the potential demand.
How much do you care about doukake? Are you a one-and-done kind of person, or are you interested in having a few different sets to switch around once in a while?
Is there a particular style or design that you would really like, but just haven’t seen for sale anywhere? (Personally, I want to see some bolder and modern patterns, or contemporary spins on traditional Japanese patterns.)
What do you think is a reasonable price range for a doukake/tenjin cap set (I’m determined to make sets, not just doukake) made by a U.S. seller?
I appreciate any input!