We offer a wide selection of fine Washi papers, suitable for both photographic printing and as furnishing or hobby complement. We also present rare objects made exclusively by hand and using fine varieties of Washi, ending with a small roundup of very special and quality chancellery items!
All rigorously MADE IN JAPAN!
|What is washi paper?
The word washi is made up of wa (和), "japanese", and shi (紙), "paper". It therefore refers to Japanese paper made by hand according to the traditional method, derived from ancient Chinese art. Washi paper boasts over 1000 years of history and is produced using only specific materials and methods of the various production locations.
Particular characteristics are durability, strength, softness and production methods, which gives various types of textures, thicknesses and shine. Since November 2014 it has been included among the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
|How is it produced?
The main characteristics of washi paper derive from the particular production process. By using a sieve frame, by making water flow inside it, it is possible to stratify the fibers several times, in order to increase their resistance. The manufacturing process is therefore linked to an ancient ritual, which has been handed down for countless years. Traditionally it is produced using vegetable fibers from local deciduous shrubs, characterized by their particular length, strength and brightness.
Since no chemical agents are used in its production, it is a highly eco-sustainable paper.
|Difference between washi paper and western paper?
The main difference is in the materials: washi paper uses fibers extracted from the plant, in some cases without any use of chemical additives during the manufacturing process. Western paper, on the other hand, uses cellulose by mixing it with various fibrous materials (hemicellulose and lignin), with the addition of adhesives, mineral fillers, dyes and other additives. The other difference is the strength, because the fibers that are used for washi paper are much longer than those of cellulose and this results in a denser and therefore more robust texture.
|Is it lasting?
Documents dating back over 1000 years have been found, with a remarkable state of conservation in relation to age; this shows that washi can last over 1000 years, certainly a much longer duration than Western paper, and is comparable to Egyptian, Greek and Roman papyri.
The only precautions to maximize its duration are storage in a dry place away from direct sources of light.
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