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 label situated in Melbourne, Australia, and is led by designers Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran and Jake Nakashima-Edwards. We employ a range of techniques, both traditional and nontraditional, to create paper clothing, accessories, and objects. We 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.

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

Adelaide, Australia
Shop Pond

London, UK

Tokyo, Japan
Daily Supply SSS


Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran (PhD)



@daphne_mvp & @_paper_clothes_

Daphne is the Program Manager of the Bachelor of Textiles (Design) and lectures in fashion and textiles design and research in The School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She spent ten years studying and working in Tokyo, where she learned about many traditional craft practices. In her research and design practice she works with garments/products made from handmade paper and explores what materials and relationships can emerge in communities of human and nonhuman people. Daphne is currently undertaking research fellowships for the British Museum, the Australian Museum, and the International Specialized Skills Institute to research the use of paper for clothing in Japan and the Pacific Islands, as well as recycling used clothing into paper. She has recently published a book with Valiz, titled Radical Fashion Exercises: a workbook of modes and methods, co-edited with Dr Laura Gardner.
Jake Nakashima-Edwards



Jake Nakashima-Edwards is a fashion practitioner and sessional teacher in The School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University, based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. His current practice, DNJ Paper, is a collaborative research project and micro-label, which he leads alongside Daphne Mohajer Va Pesaran. The project employs a range of techniques, both traditional and nontraditional, to create washi paper clothing, accessories, and objects. Jake's work has been exhibited at Craft Victoria, Melbourne Design Week, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, iD Dunedin Fashion Week, and The Australian Tapestry Workshop. He was a recipient of Creative Victoria's Creator's Fund in 2022.  Jake is interested in the intersections between fashion, culture, capital, and the environment.

Our work is designed and made in our studio in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia).

We acknowledge 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.

Photo by Charlie Hawks

For you ︎︎︎ Paper Clothes and Sustainable Design 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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