The Léi Zǔ Shoe Collection (1st Edition) by Nicole Goymann and Christoph John
Upper Material: 100% reeled raw silk
Sole: Mulberry Paper and Silk Paper
Heel: 100% Acryl

The once hard cocoon is softened through boiling water and releases a single silk filament. By winding the silk strand and shaping the direction of its path, multiple design options in shoe design were explored. The silk thread remains in place due to its natural glue that will harden after it gets in contact with air. The name “Léi Zǔ” refers to the Chinese legendary empress, who invented the silk reel.

Making of “Escape of a moth” textile

Documentation about the preparation of silk floss, spinning and weaving process of silk for the concept.

"Escape of a moth" - 100% hand spun silk handwoven textile

There is no use for a defect cocoon in the production of high quality silk reeling. In this textile a hatched cocoon is still worth its silk - even more, because the moth could reproduce and lay eggs - it represents the full circle of life.

All steps are handmade; starting with the preparation of the cocoon to harvest the silk, to spinning the yarn and finally weaving on a loom. 1000 hatched cocoons were used to create this textile.

The beads in the fabric are markers to display the individual length of each cocoon. Therefore, the final outcome is not predictable – a true natural design.

One cocoon – one bead – one moth.

Making of “Death of a moth” textile
Documentation about the reeling and weaving process of silk for the concept.

"Death of a moth" - 100% reeled silk textile

Looking at sericulture and the actual brutal path a moth is going through, the concept is demonstrating how many cocoons are actually needed to create a textile. In this fabric the weft yarn is worth of 50 cocoons. Each square finally represents the 50 moths that were boiled alive and died for a small piece of silk fabric. This design ought to create awareness to sericulture and its cruel sides.

Upholstery Textiles, Curtains, Draperies and Carpet Textiles of Jute, Linen, Hemp and Ramie Fiber for Juli Hara Home Accessories, Hangzhou, China

Design and Tech Sheets for Upholstery Textiles, Curtains, Draperies and Natural Wallpapers for Juli Hara Home Accessories, Hangzhou, China

Red Flower and Green Tea - Paper Yarn Seat Cushions for
Juli Hara Home Accessories, Hangzhou, China

The Yarns for these textiles are made from handmade flower paper.

Dimensions: Pillows 80x80cm

云丝 Yúnsī
Carpet and Pillows for Juli Hara Home Accessories, Hangzhou, China

CloudSilk (Yúnsī) is a fusion of Water Silk Floss and bamboo paper. Not only does it boast a brilliant decorative effect, but it also functions as a carrier of fragrances. The captured flower (here, Osmanthus) delivers its sweet scent to enhance the mood and delight the senses

Dimensions: WallCarpet 180x400 cm, Pillow 80x80 cm, Pillow 40x40cm

Twisted Bamboo
Carpet and Pillows for Juli Hara Home Accessories, Hangzhou, China

The carpet and the pillows consist of pure bamboo paper, bamboo and “Cloudsilk” (a mix of silk with bamboo paper pulp). The concept was to explore the characteristics of bamboo paper and draw attention to the traditional chinese way of paper making

Dimensions: Carpet 180x400 cm, Pillow 80x80 cm, Pillow 40x40cm