Each origami piece is coated in a water-based sealant for durability, but I would caution against wearing them while dancing in the rain, engaging in pillow fights, or crowd surfing at concerts ♥
Wiki, on the symbolism of cranes:
"The cranes' beauty and their spectacular mating dances have made them highly symbolic birds in many cultures with records dating back to ancient times. Crane mythology is widely spread and can be found in areas such as the Aegean, South Arabia, China, Korea, Japan and in the Native American cultures of North America.
The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years."
☆ Why we use washi ☆
It's simply the best paper to use for the traditional art of origami; it's durable, beautiful, and not easily torn. The washi industry in Japan remains an esteemed one, and these papers generally do not come from enormous factories or sweatshops. Most washi made in Japan come from studios run by Japanese families. Senba Designs NEVER knowingly uses sweatshop materials, and we're investigative of our sources.
☆ Why we use recycled silver ☆
Mining for metal (as well as gemstones) is a highly destructive industry that usually results in the following:
- Much mining--such as for gold and copper--occurs in threatened areas of the world, such as tropical forests.
- Miners in these parts often receive poor wages and receive no treatment for illnesses often caused directly or inadvertently by the mining industry.
- During the mining process, toxic pollutants like mercury, cyanide, and heavy metals leach into waterways, harming not only miners and workers but indigenous populations, animal and plant life, and even the groundwater which locals must drink.
- Silver mining results in acid mine drainage, devastating aquatic life. This process is irreversible with existing technology.
- Hoover & Strong and Rio Grande offer recycled silver (H&S offers recycled gold, too) from jewelers' and industry scraps. While the recycling process does consume energy, its effects are nowhere near as harmful to the earth and its inhabitants as those of the mining industry.