Washi

Washi (和紙) is traditional Japanese (和) paper (紙) commonly made using fibers from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry bush.
Since 2014 it is listed as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
Below, some details of the refined paper we have carefully selected for all origami enthusiasts.

 

Kōzoshi

Washi made from paper mulberry (kōzo).
Due the toughness and coarseness of its fibers, it is especially used to make durable and strong paper.

 

Momigami

Also known as “kneaded paper”, this highly flexible paper is obtained applying a thin layer of konjac glue to strengthen kōzoshi, giving it the look of leather.

 

 

Kyōseishi

A stronger version of momigami made applying konjac glue on both sides to increase its endurance. In the past, it was even used to clothe the sword scabbard.

 

Unryūshi

Washi that reproduces a cloud-like pattern by adding long fibers on a paper base of mitsumata or mulberry. Its name literally means “dragon in the clouds”.

 

Tamamushishi

Paper brush-dyed with gold and silver pigments and over-dyed with different colors.
Observing it from various points of view, it reveals a rich color range like a beautiful jewel beetle (tamamushi).

 

Yūzenshi

Also known as Chiyogami, it is a decorative paper characterized by brilliant and intense color patterns, with gold metallic overlays silk-screened by hand onto high quality kōzoshi.
Inspired on kimono designs, it was originally used for paper dolls and decoration of tins and boxes.

 

Brushing finish

A method to recreate the look of a broom-swept rough surface after refined it with golden elements using a gold trowel.

 

Isago

A fine powder of gold and silver foil used for decoration lacquer work, colored paper, fusuma paper, etc.