Hippy mobiles are a sure fire way to bring smiles and joy to a room. People usually say that hanging mobiles are for placing in a baby’s room however, here at Hippy HQ we disagree. Our hippy mobiles are so lovely that we think that they would look great in any room.
So what is a mobile?
A mobile is a sculpture or piece of art which has motion as its defining property. Mobiles can be elaborate pieces or art which can contain a number of rods from which further rods or weighted objects hang or they can be small and simple. They can be made of pretty much any material that you want or have to hand. I have seen some made from metal cans and some made from wood and silicone resins. They really can be made from anything!
It is said that hanging mobiles are great to put into your child’s nursery over the cot as they help with visual stimulation and with of course entertainment. Do we not all get this from them?!
You do not have to have children to appreciate these beauties as although they are mobiles they are also essentially a hanging ornament. Each and every one look great when placed near a window so that a light breeze can move them. The ones will bells on sound amazing when ruffled by a breeze. Melodic and relaxing.
Mystical Mayhem Hippy Clothing sell a wonderful wide range of hippy mobiles which are available in many colours and designs. We have some aimed towards children with cute teddies, sheep and owls etc and some more geared towards adults such as skulls designs. Available in bright multicolour’s or soft pastel colours. We have something to suit everyone’s tastes and all rooms.
After a little something different for your house then we have just the thing here for you!
Saa paper mobiles are a simple yet stylish and elegant style of mobile. It is the saa paper that makes it so.
What is this paper – well, Saa paper is also known as Mulberry paper as it comes from the Mulberry tree or the sa tree in Northern Thailand. It is the light brown inner bark of the beautiful tree that is used for the paper. Mulberry trees are in abundance in Thailand and are super fast growing which is fantastic as it makes the whole process sustainable. When the branches are cut down for use, they are coppiced so that they regenerate quickly and ready to be cut again the following year. The making of saa paper is rather a huge and well established industry in Thailand.
The process of making the paper sounds quite easy however, I am sure it is not and that the makers are extremely skilled women and men.
Once the inner bark is ready for harvest and has been harvested, first off it is dried naturally in the sun then it is cooked, bleached and beaten. When we say bleached it is a natural bleach. Caustic soda is used as not only does it help to whiten the paper but it also helps break the pulp down faster to make it more pliable. When the bark is beaten it is beaten into a fine pulp. Most of which is done by hand. The paper is then carefully kneaded into balls of varying sizes. Each ball is one sheet of paper and so the size of the ball depicts the size and the thickness of the paper.
Using a wooden frame, usually teak wood, the pulp balls are stretched across the frame and then the frame is placed in a pool of water. Putting the frame in the water helps the stretching process and makes it somewhat easier. Once the frame is covered, the frame is lifted from the water and left to drip dry. Once it has stopped dripping it is placed in the sun to dry fully.
Once dried – there you have your saa paper. The natural colour of the paper is used often for items such as books and writing paper. The paper is often dyed a multitude of colours to suit the needs of many.
Saa paper is a wonderful paper. It looks good and is nice and lightweight making them perfect for our hippy mobile which look great in any living space. Kitchen, bedrooms. You name it and it looks great!