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Sweat Protector, 1850–1860. Paper technique: 4-strand plaiting with 2-strand twists. Japan

Woven textiles made from paper find their origin in 16th century Japan where these cloths – called shifu – were most likely developed by the impoverished rural population for lack of other materials. Farmers originally cut the pages of ancient account books in order to turn them into shifu weaves. Soon this cloth attained a place in society as the Samurai refined the technique, in which the finest threads could be woven into noble cloths. Via Cooper Hewitt

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Sweat Protector, 1850–1860. Paper technique: 4-strand plaiting with 2-strand twists. Japan

Woven textiles made from paper find their origin in 16th century Japan where these cloths – called shifu – were most likely developed by the impoverished rural population for lack of other materials. Farmers originally cut the pages of ancient account books in order to turn them into shifu weaves. Soon this cloth attained a place in society as the Samurai refined the technique, in which the finest threads could be woven into noble cloths. Via Cooper Hewitt