Not Only Papermaking Skills
A lot of process is necessary to make Japanese paper: it starts with outsourcing materials from the mountains, and soaking them in water, steaming them, peeling their skin, boiling, separation of lye, removal of impurities, refining by machine, working on making paper, compression, drying, finishing touches and inspection follow. Many years of experience and techniques of professionals does not only contribute to papermaking.
Thorough Removal of Impurities
After soaking in kōzo, the ingredient for Japanese paper and getting rid of lye, we move on to removing impurities in order to separate fibers of the ingredient from small pieces of its skin. Using a machine for the process removes the fibers as well as the skin, so this process is done by using one’s hands. Occasionally, it takes more than half a month to finish this process. Even though it demands a lot of time and concentration, Echizen Washi would not be this beautiful without this exertion.
Large-sized Handmade Japanese Paper
It is only the techniques of Echizen Washi that makes it possible to make large-sized handmade Japanese paper used for interior materials such as Fusuma paper. There are two main ways of making large papers: Shasuki, by means of which craftsmen pour out water mixed together with the ingredient on gauze (sha). Nagashisuki, by means of which they put the liquid into a big tank called Fune (boat) divided into parts by partition plates. The technique that several craftsmen perform in perfect sync is worth seeing.
Echizen Washi is the creative paper that only professionals well-acquainted with the characteristics of paper can make. The procedure by which they create Japanese papers into excellent designs uses the flow of water and various kinds of materials just like art. The Japanese paper is a remarkable product that catches an appealing attention from cloth or fashion in the field of art. The same goes for Fusuma paper, and the decoration of the interior of any room and shop.
The Decoration of the Margin of Paper Produced by Hand
As seen in the image below, Japanese paper consists of a collection of long fibers that appear to be a unique design: this is called “Mimi,” literally translated as “ear” but also means “edge” or “margin” in Japanese, and here it stands for the margin of the paper accompanied by the fuzzy and fluffy fiber. This feature surely upgrades labels on Sake and Shōchū, postcards, business and greeting cards. It also helps the presence of Japanese paper be more prominent in these products. The said process is another way of enjoying Japanese papers more.
Printing a Crest by Hand
We handle decorating and processing Fusuma paper and Byōbu, folding screen and so on. We design Echizen Washi using Gohun (ceruse), and gold / silver colour as well as Kira (mica) that evokes elegance and calmness. You can feel the texture of the paper in this case is only realised by hand printing, which also makes it possible to deal with a small quantity order. We work on designing the data of a family and temple crest as well as printing it on papers.