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We have been fans of Hiroko Kato's paper line since we spotted her goods (and had the pleasure of meeting her!) at a market we both happened to be selling at. The love affair has continued as we have watched her stationary line Hataguchi Collective surprise us with unexpected prints and color combinations that toe the line between clean modernity and playful exuberance. 
 
Inspired by Indian printmakers and artisans who are keeping traditional printmaking skills alive, Hiroko models her 100% recycled cotton line on those same practices. It is both the hand done quality, combined with the approach to sustainability and awareness of the environment, that keeps Mabo and our customers excited and inspired by her creative practice.  

 

WHERE DO YOU LOOK TO FOR INSPIRATION WHEN DESIGNING YOUR PAPER GOODS? 

I find inspiration everywhere - art, books, vintage tiles - though I have to say my fundamental aesthetic comes from my background. I grew up in Japan and spent quite a bit of time at my grandparent’s house when I was little. My grandma has a great collection of old Japanese textiles and Chiyogami papers. I remember cutting and playing with those papers and would keep my favorites in a paper box that my grandma gave me. So my designs and color palettes always go back to a nostalgic feeling of simple repeated patterns of Chiyogami paper.  

 

LETTER WRITING SEEMS TO ONLY BE USED FOR THE RARE THANK YOU NOTE THESE DAYS. HOW DO YOU THINK WE CAN MAKE THE ACT OF WRITING LETTERS MORE OF AN EVERYDAY OCCURRENCE?  

In this age of fast fashion, faster lives and disposable everything, I want Hataguchi to soldier on in the opposite direction, patiently taking the old and turning it into something new. I want people to rediscover the joy of finding a personal letter in their mailbox. I think the best gift you could give to someone is the release of handwritten words on paper. And I hope that Hataguchi products inspire people to share their feelings in that tangible way. My friend’s daughter would recognize my paper from just touching the envelope in her mailbox since my paper has a unique texture and I find that so enchanting!  

 

 

WHAT IS NEXT ON THE HORIZON FOR YOU? ANY NEW PATTERN/LAUNCHES COMING UP? 
We are working on new patterns. Also, wrapping paper and a new envelope (another one!) are in the making.  

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