WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Miho Katsumi created a backpack that looked like a real cat, and it is making waves on Twitter in Japan.
- These are handcrafted bags made using faux fur and 1 bag takes about 1 to 3 months to make.
- One bag is priced at 140,000 Japanese yen ($1,074).
Miho Katsumi created hand-sewn bags, complete with pink paw pads, large gleaming eyes, and fluffy tails, that look like real cats.
Making these bags is a difficult task. Katsumi told Insider in an interview that designing alone takes a week and another 1 to 3 months to make. Based on her official website, she creates these true-to-life bags using faux fur she dyes herself, and using these, she has created Persian, Munchkin, and British Shorthair bags.
“It may take more time to achieve a satisfactory result,” Katsumi added.
Katsumi makes different bags. The smaller ones often needs 22 hand-stitched fabric pieces, while a larger model, such as the backpack, is made up of about 80 different pieces, she said.
Katsumi shared pictures of a recent design on April 15. One of the pictures showed the cat holding a toy fish, while another showed the bag with its zipper open.
“The weather was good today and I was able to shoot outside,” she captioned the post.
Since posting, her post on social media has been retweeted more than 11,000 times. People could not believe that it was not an actual cat, and the comment section is filled with responses expressing interest in purchasing one for themselves.
“Who else thought this was a real cat at first,” Twitter user @emlynx commented.
The unfortunate thing is cat lovers will have to wait to get their hands on Katsumi’s creations. She accepted too many orders last year that she would not be taking any more until further notice.
“I am very happy to have many people praise the work. Right now, we are making the orders we recruited last year. Thank you for your understanding!” Miho wrote on Twitter on April 17.
Katsumi has sold 70 of her cat backpacks to date, which are sold for 140,000 Japanese yen ($1,074) each. She has created a Yahoo! Auctions page to sell the cat backpacks, purses, and mufflers she designed.