A shoji lamp based on the dodecahedron. The actual lamp uses a fine washi, or shoji paper, called Furuta Chochin, which is a traditional lantern paper made by Mrs. Sayoko Furuta. Mrs Furuta is from the Hon-Mino-Gami, an area where highly praised papers have been made since the year 702.
In 1969, the techniques of the Hon-Mino-Gami were designated as Important Cultural Properties, and five members of the community were selected as National Living Treasures of Japan. One is Mrs. Furuta, highly regarded among her peers for her ability to produce exceptional sheets from 100% kozo, a varity of mulberry that grows wild in Japan. Mrs. Furuta makes her papers only during the winter months when the cool temperatures result in a much finer, crisper sheet.
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