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Sachie Muramatsu Hanging Flower Lantern

By Sachie Muramatsu 

Light and paper are closely linHanked in Japan, but these hanging flower lanterns by lighting artist Sachie Muramatsu (¥18,900-26,250Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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), bring an aura of fantasy to that old connection.

The lanterns use layers of traditional Japanese paper (‘washi’) made from naturally grown mulberry trees, arranged and dyed to mimic enormous hanging flowers. The paper feels incredibly soft to touch, but it’s also durable; handmade washi was even used as armour in Japan’s past. Looking further back, one of the most common uses of washi (apart from writing) is the covering of wooden doors and windows; the way light hits and radiates out of softly transparent mulberry fibres is something people have taken pleasure from for thousands of years in Japan.

Imagine one of these lamps hanging from the center of your room. Turned off, it’s quiet and dormant. Turned on, the flower comes alive. The dyed Japanese paper, coloured vivid red, yellow, green and purple, glows brightly and its strange realism make the experience uncanny; your room becomes a fantasy landscape from a parallel, bio-luminescent Japan.

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Contributed by Cameron

Cameron is a writer and journalist in Tokyo. He studied psychology and sociology before moving to Japan to explore its publishing, design and art. While living in Japan he has spent his time travelling to rural towns to document traditional Japanese crafts and covering the work of contemporary artists and designers in Tokyo. He is White Rabbit's expert on traditional objects, handcrafted goods and contemporary art.

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    Do you do custom orders? We would be interested in different colors etc. Do you have any other examples of shapes? We love these!