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Kotomi Akatsuka works as a freelance florist and shop display designer. One day, she thought to herself, “I wish I could find accessories that were more special and looked better on me.” She searched for the perfect items, but couldn’t find the right fit. “Then why don’t I just make it myself?” That’s how she founded matka.

In 2007, she discovered the Ramie material (a grass fiber), and started to make bags and accessories with it. Since then, she went on to organize art shows and workshops around Japan.

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