Nuno Zori means “fabric shoes” and they’re a traditional type of indoor footwear in Japan. Originally made out of old towels and worn by woodcutters to protect their feet from splinters, they’re essentially fabric flip flops made by weaving fabric around rope. This traditional technique upholds the Buddhist adage “Mottainai” or “waste not want not” by making worn out textiles useful again. We’ll use upcycled T-shirts and simple, ingenious equipment (just two specially bent coat hangers) to make the shoes. Students will leave class with a finished pair of shoes and the skills to make many more pairs of Nuno Zori at home.