Kozo papers, kakishibu, sumi ink, kibiso, natural and synthetic fibres, hair and copper.
Our unfortunate global event reignited memories of how I once watched my grandmother prepare, renew, and freshen up her hand made funeral costume months before she passed away. I had little knowledge then of why these beautiful clothing was wrapped up and stored in a suitcase for decades and never seen her wear them before. When the time came, I had a glimpse of her peaceful self and in her beautiful costume. These washi papers were handmade in a traditional Nagashizuki method. Then, hand dyed with kakishibu and sumi ink; machine and hand stitched with cotton, linen, kibiso, hair, natural and synthetic fibres and copper. This qi pao is an honour and love to those before me.