Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Japanese paper (WASHI 和紙)

Washi is Japanese traditional paper. Made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry.
Washi has longer fiber than western paper, so, it can be thin and strong.

The history
The oldest washi paper which had discovered in SHOSOIN, Nara was made in 8th century, and the paper was seemed still remain exactly the same as it was in 8th century.
Washi is said "maintain 1,000 years".

At first, paper making technique was came from China to Japan in 6th century. Time came to 7th century, the technique spread into around Japan.

How to use
1, A repair material for cultural property all around world.
2, Art paper; Japanese style painting and calligraphy.
3, A paper for Japanese paper currency.
4, finishing material for interior wall, ceiling and even if floor.
5, Material for fittings; Shoji, Fusuma
6, Material for clothe

There is various kind of washi.
Please see "Classification of Washi" and "Washi-producing district"


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