These shoes are made of Washi or traditional Japanese paper developed in Shimane, Japan. The special paper is called “Sekishu washi”, which has a history of over 1300 years. They are all handmade by only using organic materials. They are made for babies around one year old who has just started walking. The paper is strong enough for a baby to wear and walk, but they are also expected to be used as gifts for decorative purposes. “Kaminokuni” has won the grand prix at the Traditional Crafts Fair 2012 in Japan.
What interests me in this design is the unique material used to produce a shoe, which extremely differs from the typical material used such as rubber, leather and other synthetic materials. The Washi material has a natural texture similar to paper which really demonstrates the Asian influence in the design aspect of the product itself.