MIZUHIKI is an ancient Japanese art form that uses a special cord. The cord is created from rice paper, that is tightly wound, starched to give it stiffness, and then colored. The traditional decoration, given away at Japanese occasions, such as wedding, birth etc. The other traditional way the art is done is in decorating cards with little colored knots, similarly to how people in western cultures use a ribbon and bow. “For me I saw this MIZUHIKI in a different way. Not using them in a traditional way but combining with metal, the paper cord created the lines more into surface and showed the strongness of its color. Just by looking at them, you could not tell that they are made of papers. I find them interesting using Japanese traditional papers into something very different” says jewellery artist Liisa Hashimoto.