DNJ Paper is centred around the use of Japanese washi paper as a textile. Paper may not seem like a suitable material for making clothing, but can be strong and durable if made in a specific way. In Japan, clothing is one of the hundreds of products which have been made out of paper over the centuries, and is called kamiko.
Around 910 CE, Japanese Buddhist monks began creating garments out of their paper sutras, spawning a lasting tradition of wearing paper clothing that was later adopted by farmers and the upper classes. Throughout its history, Japanese paper, washi (和紙), has been produced in villages and towns across the Japanese archipelago. From these places, hundreds of local varieties of washi were produced as a result of a contingent relationship between local landscapes and communities.
Paper is for drawing, wrapping, wiping, absorbing, sketching, crumpling, covering, tearing, soaking up, writing, throwing away.
Paper can be a material for clothing…
…in longstanding cultural histories throughout Asia and the West,
…as a tool to think about and critique disposability and fashion.
This practice assumes that paper can be used for clothing and explores all the things that the material can offer.