Warehouse Wednesday: Jane LOVES HK-0024! February 20 2019 This handmade kozo (paper mulberry) paper is extra long and a great value for its large size. It certainly can be used for most any printmaking technique, as well as backing support for large artwork. Because its unusual size, it has been used in repair of antique folding screens. Hailing from the Kochi area of Japan, Otoshi is one of the many Tosa Washi (paper from Kochi) we carry. The papermakers in Kochi (formerly Tosa Kingdom), have been crafting paper, using traditional methods practiced for countless generations. Measures 29.5 x 56 inches; 33 g/m² Watch the papermaker in action!

Hikkake Echizen Magic August 15 2018

Echizen papers' exquisite sheen and patterning!
Echizen washi comes to us from Fukui Prefecture, a very famous paper-making area in western Japan. It is a region that is most recognized for production of Japan's notable paper currency. Echizen Washi is a special collection of paper with a sheen. Hikkake, the brocade-like patterns on surface of some of the Echizen papers are created by using a hand-soldered, large, metal watermark screen dipped in mitsumata fiber and then couched on a heavier base sheet. The pattern is literally like a smooth pulp painting that binds to the surface.
echizen, rice paper, washi, japanese paper, watermark, patterned paper Simple invitation card becomes super special printed on echizen washi.
The sheen of the mitsumata fiber emphasizes the patterns. These subtle and elegant papers are amazing for creating wedding invitations, gift cards and book arts.

Check out this fun link to a map of the Echizen washi production areas!