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

Paper can be a material for clothing ︎︎︎ 

︎...in longstanding cultural histories throughout Asia and the West,

︎...as a tool to think about and critique disposability and fashion. 

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



DNJ PAPER is a collaborative research project and fashion brand. Designers Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran and Jake Nakashima-Edwards use handmade Japanese paper (washi), made from the bark of the Paper Mulberry tree (Broussonetia Papyrifera), in traditional and nontraditional ways of making paper clothing in response to pressing social, aesthetic, and conceptual questions swirling around contemporary fashion practice.


Our producst are never “finished” and will change over time.





Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran (PhD)

website:
www.d-mvp.com

email:
daphne.mohajer.va.pesaran@rmit.edu.au

social:
@daphne_mvp & @_paper_clothes_

I am the Program Manager of the bachelor of Textiles (Design) and lecture in fashion 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

email:
jake.naka@gmail.com

social:
@smiling.at.dogs

I am a recent 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/or made in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia). We acknowldege that the land on which we work and learn was never ceded from it’s traditional custodians, the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nations.







Logo design by Rowan Mcnaught︎

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