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25/03/2010

The Washi or Wagami, Japanese handmade paper.

The Washi or Wagami is a type of paper produced in Japan. The Washi fibers can be produced from the following plants: Ganpi, Mayumi, Koji, Bamboo, Hemp, Rice, Wheat.


The Washi is generally tougher than paper produced from wood pulp and usually has a long life. It is used in various traditional arts such as the Origami (paper folding art), Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) and Ukiyo-e (Japanese prints). Washi was also used to make various products of daily living such as clothing, lamps, toys (Akabeko) and as a room divider in traditional Japanese homes.

To learn more about this paper and its historical and artistic significance see "Washi: Japanese paper, genesis and survival" of Mercedes González Alberdi.

 

 


 

Header Photo: View of Mount Fuji from Satta Puntox Suruga Bay. Ukiyo-e of Hiroshige, published in 1859.



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