Hand Spun Botanics, Established 2017
The first to bring Kokedama into homes in the UK.
'Kokedama' translates directly from Japanese, to Moss Ball.
Seen as Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection.
Kokedama are a variant of Bonsai. Although where this tradition actually evolved I've found is a little conflicting. Its been said that the original kokedama was created in Japan in the 17th Century. It was known as the 'poor mans' Bonsai. The poorer people of Japan, couldn't afford the clay to make the (then) very expensive pots that housed Bonsai.
That tale may have eventuated from what I think is a more believable explanation....
Kokedama evolved from Nearai.
Nearai is a style of Bonsai that translates to 'washed roots' or 'root-washer'. It was during the 17th century that this innovative idea of a pot-less bonsai was created. It works when the developed roots of a plant are visible (containing the soil without the need for a pot). Sometimes the roots would grow fine green moss. Nearai is seen as unbelievably beautiful and came with the advantage of not needing an expensive pot.
Which brings me to the Kokedama.....
A kokedama is a quicker and easier adaption of the early Nearai. It was developed in the 1990s and has been gaining popularity since. They are still very popular in Japan and are now appreciated by a larger audience than just those interested in Bonsai.
I saw my first kokedama while travelling in Australia in 2016. I was instantly consumed with its usual beauty and quirk..
I returned home to Sussex and began my long journey of discovering the in's and out's of kokedama construction, care and evolution.
Finally, after a lot of different methods, of trialling and testing, Im happy to offer a traditional kokedama made in an un-traditional way.
I consider the plant type, the soil mix, and construct my kokedama in a way that keeps the plant healthy as well as keeps the moss ball from turning to the ugly teenage phase. ( The process where the moss ball begins to mould and turn black as it breaks down any natural materials).
After success introducing many people to the kokedama at various pop-ups around the UK, Ive now made it possible to buy online and make sharing the kokedama love easier!
However, there is just a very small warning....
Kokedama are addictive! You will struggle to stop at only one!