Cosmic Wonder Washi Zabuton
Cosmic Wonder Washi Zabuton Cusion. 100% handmade paper with cotton fill. Approximately 16.5"X 15.5". The Zabuton cushion is made from Japanese Washi Paper, konjac paste is added for strength. Kozo are cut at the root and steamed in a barrel over a fire in order to separate the bark. Bundles of fibers are placed in a cold stream for one to three days. The branches are then boiled and stripped of their outer bark and then dried. The fibers are then boiled, placed in running water, and naturally bleached. The rinsed fibers are placed in a strainer floating in water for further cleaning and then laid on a board and beaten. Once the have dried overnight and been softened by stamping or hand-rubbing, the are ready to be made into articles.
Cosmic Wonder, initiated in 1997 by artist Yukinori Maeda, is a conceptual project composed of clothing, artwork, publishing and performance. Cosmic Wonder has deepened its exploration of natural materials, working with a sustainable vision that looks both ahead and to the past. The process of infusing handicrafts with traditional Japanese techniques is a way of finding beauty in the continuity between the future and a past that we are at risk of losing. As of early summer 2016, Cosmic Wonder will be based in Miyama, a remote village in the mountains north of Kyoto. With its traditional thatched roof houses, the area is designated as a national preservation district of historic buildings.