Hypoallergenic Jewelry That Is Perfect for Wearing at Christmas
post : 2014.11.09 16:00
This delicate, beautiful accessory is made from paper!
Jewelry is a symbol for something that will shine forever and paper is fragile and fleeting; the merging of these contrary ideals is the curious accessory paper jewelry.
Chihiro Furuken from Yomitan is the one making this paper jewelry.
Chihiro has an allergy to metal and couldn’t wear metal accessories, and she started to think of making a completely hypoallergenic accessories. She looked up materials such as rubber and plastic but there are people who are allergic to those and in the end she arrived at paper.
Even though it is paper, it is a special paper that has leather kneaded into it so it won’t rip due to sweat and getting wet.
Currently it is said that 30% of women in Japan have allergies and there are a lot of people who worry about that. There are a lot of people who make the effort to come from outside of Okinawa to buy paper jewelry after hearing about it through the grapevine.
Also paper at first thought is seen as a cheap material, so it has an unimaginable daintiness and showiness and an abundance of designs that is perfect for the upcoming party season.
At the moment there six types of necklaces, made with various themes like chocolate, milky way and message. She also accepts request for made to order items with names and whatnot.
“There are people who come here after not being able to wear accessories for 20 years, there are also brides who have given up on wearing jewelry on their wedding who find out about this jewelry and cry tears of joy and wear it on their special day. I have realized there are a lot of women who worry about their allergy.”
From here on out, she wants to make items with Okinawa motifs and other accessories such as earrings.
You can only buy Chihiro’s work at the boutique “Vivace” in Shuri, Naha, where she is the director.
How about buying a brilliant accessory that was made with a lot of thought as a present for yourself or a loved one?
4-318 Shuri Ishiminecho, Naha-shi, Okinawa
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