We have named our range of homewares and accessories made from recyclyed kimono and obi, “Wabi”, in keeping with the traditional Japanese meaning of the word.
Tranquil. Simplicity. The refined and elegant simplicity achieved by bringing out the natural colours, forms and textures inherent in materials such as wood, bamboo, clay and stone, as well as in artefacts crafted from them like earthenware, tile, handmade paper, and lacquer ware, and in textile fibres like hemp, cotton or silk – this is the core of wabi.
Wabi may describe beauty of materials. While eschewing decoration, contrivance, or showiness, wabi treads the fine and precarious line between beauty and shabbiness. To discover wabi, one must have an eye for the beautiful, yet it is not an aesthetic understood only by the Japanese of old, but a quality that can be recognised by anyone who is discriminating and sensitive to beauty.
Extract from “Wabi Sabi Suki: The Essence of Japanese Beauty” by Hoh Teiji