Tannin Coat – 2017

Waterproofing paper with the help of tannins has a long tradition in japanese culture. Since the 8th century, japanese mulberry paper (washi) was treated with the juice of unripened persimmon fruits to enhance its functional qualities. This paper was used to replace glass windows, produce umbrellas or even clothing. Experimenting with various papers, tannins and oils, I created a material that was sturdy enough to be used as a waterproof textile substitute.

The process of developing this material and the concluding design were based on an in-depth research about the Value chain of paper production and -recycling. In the style of kakishibu, the paper raincoat is designed to embody the material-specific aesthetics just as much as its functionality.