Recently, the Ferrari brand launched an artistic project to pay tribute to Japanese culture. The Ferrari Roma Tailor Made was created to honor the history of personalization with both Italian handcrafted design and the beauty of traditional Japanese craftsmanship. The development team was inspired by the sophisticated details of traditional Japanese craftsmanship to complete this model.

Ferrari’s Tailor Made personalization team worked with Evan Orensten and Josh Rubin, founders of Cool Hunting. This is an independent publication based in the United States that produces the latest special edition of Roma. These two founders have just returned from several research trips to Japan, so they are very knowledgeable about the beauty of this culture.

After discussing and exchanging, they agreed on the idea of painting the car blue inspired by the traditional Japanese indigo dye production process. This dye comes from a green plant that is harvested and fermented to become sukumo, which is then mixed with lye, sake, and limestone powder. Thanks to this processing process, the drug has natural antibacterial properties. Inspired by this dye, Ferrari created a new exterior paint color called Indigo Metal for the exterior of this car.

Indigo blue continues to be used for materials inside the car’s interior, decorating the seats or even the car’s ceiling cover. The details on the seats are a material called Sakiori. This fabric dates back to the 1700s when cotton and silk were very expensive. To save costs, worn kimonos are disassembled and rewoven with new yarn to create a new, warm, comfortable fabric, and the name comes from the Japanese words for the act of tearing (saku). and weaving (oru).

For this Ferrari Roma, the fabric was made from two vintage kimonos made in Amami Oshima and dyed with indigo 45 and 75 years ago, respectively. The yarn from these kimonos is mixed with cotton and silk in the same traditional way as well as with high-strength nylon to ensure that the material will last a long time when adorning the vehicle.

Although the car’s roof is blue, it is also processed using a completely different traditional method of Japanese craftsmanship. The lining is made in two layers and dyed indigo using the Roektsu method that dates back to the eighth century. Wax resist dyeing forms intricate repeating patterns around a single color that was traditionally used to decorate the silk or cotton of kimonos and obis. These materials were then sent to Italy and the craftsmen knitted them by hand using the sophisticated intreccio method.

In addition, details such as the gear shift lever and lever are plated with copper in Japan, and the wheels and some other details are also painted this color. This color choice was inspired by the Cool Hunters’ trip to Kaikado, a family-owned company based in Kyoto that specializes in making copper tea canisters. The door handle details feature handwoven black leather strips that resemble the traditional wrapping technique used on katana swords. The version-indicating plaque on the center armrest has a custom-made “kamon”. The traditional symbol represents the wheel detail from an ox-drawn cart, the most popular form of transportation for the nobility during the Heian period (794-1185).

This special Roma with sophisticated, sophisticated details was formed through a personalization program, creating a unique car model according to the owner’s requirements. This one-of-a-kind car will be on display at the Ferrari Tailor Made Showroom during New York Design Week, which runs from May 10 to 20, 2022, for those interested to see and learn about. take a closer look at the hand-crafted capabilities as well as the seemingly limitless personalization capabilities of the Italian supercar brand.

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