Midori and Fauxdori: What Are They?

Opened fauxdori with exposed elastic bands

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of people asking what the difference is between a Midori, Fauxdori or a traveler’s notebook. It wasn’t until my planner buddy Kimberly posed the question in our Facebook group Planner Fanatics that I decided to address the issue in a more formal format. I wasn’t aware of the differences myself and to be honest rather uninterested until this past February. I thought anything that didn’t allow me to move pages as freely as a ring bound planner wouldn’t work for me.

That all changed when I discovered my first fauxdori in a Malaysian shop called Simple Heart. On this site I found a neon orange vinyl fauxdori. Since orange is my favorite color I made my purchase. This particular fauxdori is a regular size – 8.25″ in height by 4.88″ wide. Besides placing the order for my fauxdori I also ordered the inserts and accessories I wanted to make my fauxdori a planner. (See Fauxdori Friday:Week 1 – Orange Zinnydori for more on my neon orange fauxdori).

Essentially, the Midori, fauxdori or traveler’s notebook, as they are often called, are simply a leather, vinyl or fabric rectangular cover which has been punched with strategically placed holes and threaded with elastics. (See above photo). The elastics create a system of internal bands which hold bound paper booklets called inserts, as well as accessories such as a plastic pouch or kraft folder. This system can be used for a vast number of purposes such as an art journal, wallet or planner.

The main difference between a Midori and fauxdori is that the Midori is an actual brand from Thailand where as the fauxdori is an imitation. But don’t let the term “imitation” fool you. Although I don’t own an actual Midori myself I have quite a few fauxdori’s that are either comparable, or in the case of a few, higher quality craftsmanship than the original Midori.

There are a wide selection of fauxdori makers out there. You can find them on Etsy, Facebook and in private shops. Fauxdori’s are generally named after the individual creator for instance Chic Sparrows are called JenDori’s after Jennifer Harvey and the ZinnyDori is named after Zinnia Chew, the shop owner of Simple Heart. Unless otherwise stated, when you purchase a fauxdori, you are generally buying only the cover. The inserts and accessories must be purchased separately.

I hope this helped you have a better understanding of the differences between a Midori and fauxdori. If you have any more questions about the Midori or fauxdori ask them in the comments below or, of course, leave a comment.

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