Updated: Aug 26, 2021
WHAT IS WASHI?
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. Besides, they reach maturity in 1-2 years, thus bringing significantly less harm to our environment. UNESCO registered this Japanese craft method as an intangible cultural heritage.
The paper uses fibers from the inner bark of various local trees and shrubs. For example - kozo, bamboo, mitsumata and gampi. It is generally more resistant than the classical western paper made from wood pulp. Many traditional art forms in Japan rely on washi as for example:
Origami (the art of paper folding)
Shodo (a form of calligraphy of Japanese language).
There are many Japanese washi paper producers across the country. One of these is the Awagami Factory whose papers are popular around the world.
Awagami Inkjet Fine Art Papers are crafted only in Tokushima, Japan. They use the artistry and knowledge gained from 8 generations of papermaking. They make these papers with A+ rated natural fiber and pure mountain water. Also, are acid-free and made with respect and care for its users, professional artists and art lovers alike. AIJP papers preserve the texture of Japanese paper and 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.