Who needs a baseball cap when you can shade your face with a paper lantern instead?
Japan is known for its unique fashion scene, which isn’t afraid to take traditional elements and turn them into something new, with items like samurai coats, sakura berets, and kimono parkas turning heads in recent years.
Now it’s time for chochin, or Japanese paper lanterns, to take centre stage, thanks to Whole Love Kyoto, a Japanese fashion company that aims to make old things new again. Their newest release breathes new life into the traditional Japanese lantern by refashioning it into a cap for everyday streetwear.
From a distance, the cap looks like any other, but up close, it’s an entirely different story. Instead of being made from cloth, the hat is made with wood and paper.
Proving that this isn’t just designed to be a gimmicky fashion accessory, the cap is actually made by a respected chochin lantern-making business called Minori, which was founded during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Each item is handcrafted by local craftsmen, using wood and Japanese washi paper, in order to help promote Kyoto handicrafts and keep their traditions alive in today’s modern era.
▼ The hats remain faithful to the original shape and design of a chochin.