visvim® Explores the Artisan Creation of Kamiko

visvim® continues to explore the traditional artisan techniques that inspire and are incorporated into its seasonal collections. The latest is one of the most impressive yet, and focuses on 'kamiko', a unique textile made from Japanese washi paper. Starting with tree bark, the skilled and labour intensive process includes pealing, bleaching, boiling, beating and drying the bark. An antithesis to modern mass-production, the process takes 10 days and results in just 4kg of fabric from 100kg of tree bark. Dating back to the Edo period, the highest quality Hon Mino washi is now produced by merely ten remaining artisans. View a video of the amazing process above and see some of visvim's modern takes on Kamiko in the gallery below. Read the entire dissertation at visvim's website.