Today, I would like to introduce these unique baby shoes, “Kami no Kuni Kara Kami no Kutsu” made of traditional Japanese ‘washi’ paper. The name of the product literally means “paper (= kami) shoes from the God (= also kami)’s land”.
But why ‘God’s land’?
Well, these shoes are made by a ‘washi’ paper company called Kawahira based in Shimane prefecture, in which can be found the Izumo Taisha Shinto Shrine where all the Shinto gods and goddesses gather. Sounds mystical, doesn’t it? 🙂 The unusually durable washi paper used for these shoes is produced using the traditional handmade technique called “tamesuki”. “Kami no Kuni Kara Kami no Kutsu” are made out of 100% non-dyed and unbleached washi paper.
Even stitching threads are made from washi paper as well. These shoes are an amazing creation. The price is ¥18,000 (tax excluded/ US$224). Somewhat expensive…but don’t worry! There are also DIY kits to be had for only ¥6,000 (tax excluded/ US$75).
According to Mr. Kawahira, these shoes are produced for infants around one-year old who have just started to stand up and walk. These shoes are good and strong enough for actual use, and also great for preserving memories.
This is JAPAN Style!