Hiroki Nakamura has a knack for preserving age old and often forgotten mediums of Japanese craftsmanship. These past two seasons have seen the use of large hand made and customized chochin ( paper lanterns) decorate the visvim® showroom during Paris fashion week. Below the arduous method of making these one-off items is documented in one of the few remaining Kyoto based studios – in efforts to keep the tradition relevant.
“in the traditional “jibari-shiki” method, both the bamboo used for the frame and the paper attached to the frame are relatively thick. The frame is made by fashioning single strips of bamboo into individual rings, and fixing them in place using string. This method requires a lot of time and effort, but it is extremely sturdy and can be attached with Japanese paper of varying thicknesses. The “jibari-shiki” method is conducted completely by hand and cannot be mass-produced, but you can feel the care and attention applied by the craftsmen, from the selection of each of the frames and pieces of Japanese paper used to make them.”