Friday, May 1, 2009

Washi

Washi or Wagami (和紙 , literally, "harmony paper" or "serenity paper") is a type of paper made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia papyrifera), or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.

Washi is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp, and is used in many traditional arts. Origami, Shodo, and Ukiyo-e were all produced using washi. Washi was also used to make various everyday goods like clothes, household goods, and toys. It was even used to make wreaths that were given to winners in the 1998 Winter Paralympics. Several kinds of washi, referred to collectively as Japanese tissue, are used in the conservation and mending of books. Washi was developed from the traditional Chinese paper-making process.

Guys, I LUV washi paper. My sis & I would go to art stores & look at it. It has this amazing texture.It truly lives up to it's name. We designed these shirts & for the tags we were going to use washi...really fun & so cute. It just beautiful!:)

learn more here..

http://www.japanesepaperplace.com/abt-japanese-paper/about-washi.htm

2 comments:

Kitty said...

Gorgeous... make many things from it... origami too!

theceelist said...

U should go 2 an art store and seen, If u haven't already:)