(above) 'tyrolean hat'
Designer Naoto Fukasawa has created a series of hats that are made entirely out of traditionalDesignboom
japanese washi-paper. the three pieces entitled 'ivy cap', 'hat', and 'tyrolean hat', are constructed
from a new type of paper called 'naoron' developed by washi-paper manufacturer onao which
withstands both moisture and weight, resulting in a lightweight material that does not tear easily.
Resembling weathered leather in its crumpled texture, the colour and aesthetic treatment of the hats do not lend themselves out to being made solely out of paper. Though the material is soft and flexible, they are entirely durable and highly water-proof.