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riuru : washi earrings



Ayako Morita is a contemporary maker bringing ancient materials and techniques to life with a deft hand and bold, dynamic vision. Her sculptural earrings are made from many layers of handmade Japanese washi paper, imbued with urushi, or natural resin lacquer, which hardens to a strong, durable and impossibly lightweight finish. Their forms are animated by the endlessly responsive qualities of her chosen material; paper fibres which may be folded, twisted and imprinted with pattern.

A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts specialising in lacquer work, Ayako san is skilled in the preservation and restoration of cultural assets, and her knowledge of the techniques and fashions of Edo period urushi informs her work.

With a patinated gold leaf finish, these elegant earrings are exquisitely light to wear, with minute flecks of mineral greens and blues adding complexity and depth. Reminiscent of a a folded paper fan or single origami bloom, the hook fixture allows movement, emphasising their crisp, folded dimension.

made in Japan

materials : washi paper, gold hook, foil and natural lacquer.
measurements : 

  • total length 3.5cm

care : although these pieces are very lightweight and water resistant, please note that strong impact may cause damage. Please avoid exposing your earrings to water, oils, fragrances and other chemicals.