Since ancient times, washi has been used as a material for writing and drawing pictures, as well as for crafts such as tableware and stationery, taking advantage of its good workability, and for household items such as lighting and clothing, taking advantage of its lightness and strength. It has also been used to make toys such as origami and kites because it is a familiar material in daily life.
Each accessory is homemade with the blessings of nature with much time and effort. The color of this ball is unbleached, which is the color of the untreated Washi itself. The color is not pure white, but a natural raw color, just like natural pearls, and it blends well with anyone’s skin. You will also feel the warmth and texture of washi. It is a sustainable accessory that is friendly to both people and the earth.
About The Company
HIROYA is an accessory brand led by washi artist “Hiroya Nakamura”. Based in Kyoto, Japan, they create accessories and artworks that fuse Washi with new ideas and designs. In order to create a new way of living with washi that is unprecedented, yet not uncomfortable, they have created accessories that can accompany people because of washi. They use a unique three-dimensional molding technique that they developed through many trials and errors.
By combining the various techniques of artisans with 100% Kozo (paper mulberry), they have been able to create a paper that has characteristics that go beyond the norm: it does not fade when wet, it does not tear, it can be sewn, and it is tougher and more durable than leather. They have been working on the development of this material since 2014 in order to propose it not only as paper, but also as a material that can be used in fashion and interior design just like cloth and leather.
All processes other than papermaking are done in the atelier in Kyoto. The washi they use is made by meeting the artisans directly and having them make it for them. They do not do papermaking because the artisans making paper is so beautiful and something that cannot be imitated. And because they are grateful to the craftsmen for keeping the tradition alive until now.
They add their hands to the washi, which the craftspeople make honestly and with excitement, and deliver it to the people who are excited to have it made again with a smile. They are looking for sustainable activities through accessories to continue the cycle of excitement for everyone involved. And they will continue to take on the challenge of new possibilities in order to pass on the traditions and culture of washi while cherishing them.