Paper is for drawing, wrapping, wiping, absorbing, sketching, crumpling, covering, tearing, soaking up, writing, throwing away.  

But paper can be a beautiful and radical material for clothing; in longstanding cultural histories throughout Asia and the West and as a tool to critique the disposability of fashion. 

This practice explores all the things that paper can offer as a material for design at the intersections of history, aesthetics, and function. 

DNJ PAPER is a collaborative research project and micro-label situated in Melbourne, Australia, and is led by designers Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran and Jake Nakashima-Edwards. The project employs a range of techniques, both traditional and nontraditional, to create paper clothing, accessories, and objects. Its creations aim to address pressing social, aesthetic, and conceptual questions related to fashion and textiles design.

We use handmade recycled rag paper, produced in our studio, as well as handmade Japanese paper, also known as washi. The washi is sourced from small studios located throughout Japan, and each sheet comes with comprehensive information on the conditions of its production.

Our pieces are considered a work in progress, never fully "finished," and are designed to evolve over time. The intention is to allow for wear, repair, and decay, resulting in pieces that are truly unique and reflect the values of the project.

Wherever possible, we reduce, reuse, regenerate, and recycle.  

To buy a DNJ piece, please have a look at our shop, or visit one of our stockists. 

Melbourne, Australia
Craft Victoria
The Social Studio

Adeliade, Australia
a flat shop

London, UK


Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran (PhD)



@daphne_mvp & @_paper_clothes_

Designer, lecturer. I am the Program Manager of the Bachelor of Textiles (Design) and lecture in fashion and textiles design and research in The School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. I spent ten years living and working in Tokyo, where I learned about many traditional crafts practices. I like collaborating and am interested in what materials and relationships can emerge in communities of human and nonhuman people. In my research and design practice I work with handmade Japanese paper and garments/products made from paper. I also work in storytelling and documentation in various formats including film, drawing, text, audio, etc. and am currently undertaking research fellowships for the British Museum and the Australian Museum to research the use of paper for clothing in Japan and the Pacific Islands.
Jake Nakashima-Edwards



Designer, sessional lecturer (RMIT University). I am a graduate of the Fashion Design program at RMIT University, based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. I am interested in how fashion intersects with politics, capital, and the environment. My current practice is centred around washi paper as a textile, and the connections this material has with people, culture, and nature.

Everything we sell is designed and made in our studio in Naarm (colonial name Melbourne, Australia). We acknowldege that the land on which we work and learn was never ceded from it’s traditional custodians, the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nations.





COLLABORATION    DNJ Paper x Articles of Clothing ︎︎︎ Phone Pouch

WORKSHOP    Making Paper Cloth ︎︎︎ Craft VictoriaMelbourne Fashion Festival, Cultural Program 

EXHIBITION    NO THINGS ︎︎︎ _matters x Melbourne Design Week

EXHIBITION    Vessel, Cloth & Cloak ︎︎︎ Australian Tapestry Workshop x Melbourne Design Week

EXHIBITION    Vessels ︎︎︎ Craft Victoria


AWARD    Creative Victoria Creators Fund Grantee

RESIDENCY    Makers-in-Residence ︎︎︎ Craft Contemporary x Craft Victoria

WORKSHOP    Making Paper Cloth ︎︎︎ Craft Contemporary x Craft Victoria


WORKSHOP    Stationary/Stationery: A Paper Clothes Making Workshop ︎︎︎ Mpavilion (With artist Beatrice Wharldall)

SYMPOSIUM    “Against Durability: A Wardrobe Made of Paper” ︎︎︎ IFFTI Conference

AWARD    Finalist, Fashion Design Category ︎︎︎ Victorian Premier Design Awards

RESIDENCY    Artisans-in-residence ︎︎︎ STHBNK by Beulah


EXHIBITION    Coat of Theseus ︎︎︎ Future Prototyping Exhibition

SYMPOSIUM    Kamiko Bomber” ︎︎︎ Contemporary Fashion Practices

For you ︎︎︎ Paper Clothes Resources:

Atopos Collection
Kamiko, Washi, Takuhonshi: Making paper clothing in Japan
Kamiko: Growing Paper Clothes in Rural Japan
Awagami Paper Factory
Shifu: A Traditional Paper Textile of Japan
Why is Japan Still so Attached to Paper?
V&A 60s Paper Dresses
COSMIC WONDER kamiko/kamikoromo
Perfect Paper Cloth from Kurotani
Alexa Hatanaka
MOMIGAMI by Donald Farnsworth
Pride of Japan Papermaking Map





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