Saturday, October 20, 2012

Quick Slice: What is Sofubi?

What is Sofubi?

Sofubi is 'wasei-eigo' for 'soft vinyl'
Soft Vinyl --> Softu Binyl --> Sofubi 

 Jargon usage:
Soft vinyl is a form plastic called PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) but what mainly separates sofubi from other vinyl art toys on the market is the production methods of Japan. In ways, the popularity of sofubi has less to do with the design and more to do with the soft vinyl workshops. Even though the design needs to adhere to Japanese slush moulding techniques, 'sofubi' is not a genre or style.

I will leave this quick slice at that and tell you more about the sofubi workshops another time. If you are keen to dive in now, I would highly recommend checking out Toy Karma and Kaiju Korner!

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