Hikari (光) means "light" or "to shine" in Japanese.
We created the Hikari collection using recycled Chirimen fabric, a completely different textile to our previous collections which were created from origami. Chirimen is a traditional Japanese weaving technique that dates back to the late sixteenth century and is a commonly used fabric for kimonos. The silk fabric has unique features of soft wrinkles called "shibo" or a crepes which you will see in our earrings.
Our vision with the Hikari collection was to evoke feelings of elation and joy with the vibrant Chirimen fabric colours chosen. Each piece in this collection illustrates different sources of light or illumination which we can find in our everyday lives.
The Hikari Collection will be launching on Wednesday 29th of June at 7.00pm. Photography by Rachael Chen and modelled by Hibiki Kato in Tokyo, Japan.
Tōrō (灯籠) refers to traditional Japanese lanterns made of stone, wood, or metal. Most commonly found in Japanese gardens, the tōrō were originally used only in Buddhist temples, where they lined and illuminated paths.
Taiyo (太陽) is the Japanese word for sun. The sun is an iconic symbol in Japan, deriving from the mythological goddess of the sun, Amaterasu, from the Shinto religion.
The Japanese have a unique word for the movement of light and shadows formed by the interplay of trees, wind and sunlight on the landscape. Komorebi (木漏れ日) directly translates to sunlight streaming through the leaves of trees.
Kawaakari (川明かり) is another unique Japanese word that refers to the gleam or glow of last light on a river's surface at dusk. Kawaakari can also mean the reflection of the moonlight off flowing water.
The Hikari Collection will be launching on Wednesday 29th of June at 7.00pm.