Washi is traditional Japanese paper. The term describes paper that uses local fiber, processed by hand and made in the traditional manner. Since seventh century Japanese washi has been made from renewable plant resources that reach maturity in 1-2 years, thus bringing significantly less harm to our environment. This Japanese craft method is registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.

Washi is made using fibers from the inner bark of various local trees and shrubs (kozo, bamboo, mitsumata, gampi,) and is generally more resistant than the classical western paper made from wood pulp. Many traditional artforms in Japan rely on washi as for example Origami (the art of paper folding) or Shodo (a form of calligraphy of Japanese language).

awagami washi paper kozo
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There are numerous Japanese washi paper producers across the country. One of these is the Awagami Factory whose papers are renowned around the world.

Awagami Inkjet Fine Art Papers are crafted exclusively in Tokushima, Southern Japan, with the artistry and knowledge gained from 8 generations of papermaking. These papers are made with A+ rated natural fiber and pure mountain water, are acid-free and made with respect and care for its users, professional artists and art lovers alike. AIJP papers faithfully retain the texture of Japanese washi yet are suitable for painting, drawing, printmaking, book arts, crafting and alternative photography.

Visit our Fine Art Imaging studio in Bucharest to find out more about the Awagami paper – we will show you a few examples of giclée fine art prints on Unryu Thin 55mgs Swirling Kozo Fiber.

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