The botanical balls

This collection is called “the botanical balls”.

By taking inspiration from nature and in particular various trees, flowers, lichen and moss, Emi creates her own handmade kaleidoscopes using dried flowers and leaves which inspire an endless variety of patterns. The result is an intertwine of traditional techniques gathered from her own heritage in Japan and skills acquired from European lace making.

The pieces within this collection are composed of two different types of  fine silk yarns and one type of Kibiso yarn. This collection was made for the "Selvedge Magazine" in London.

Silk Kibiso yarns ​with natural dyes and hand knitting

​Emi has created this collection by using hand knitting with silk kibosh yarns. The silk kibiso yarns are recognised as an  ethical and sustainable material by Japanese silk masters.


Emi researched all the process of making silk from silk worms in Japan. The silk kibiso yarns are made using the outer layers of the cocoon which are normally thrown away because they are hard and thick, but some silk yarn masters started making yarns with them. These kibiso yarns have a very unique texture and they will become very soft after some use.

Inspired by this kibiso yarns, she did hand knitting and tie-dye or dip-dye them afterwards using natural materials. This collection was made for a hotel in Kyoto.



​© Emi Fujisawa 2019