What is Washi Paper?

Have you ever heard of Washi Paper? If not, get ready to dive into a fascinating journey through the history,  and unique qualities of this traditional Japanese paper. Washi Paper is a time-honored craft that has been cherished for centuries and continues to captivate people around the world.




Washi paper is a traditional Japanese paper that has been made by hand in Japan for over 1,300 years. This special paper is made from the bark of the mulberry tree and is known for its strength, durability, and beauty. In fact, Washi paper is so special that it is registered as part of UNESCO cultural heritage.

The story of Washi Paper begins in ancient Japan, where it emerged as a refined art form. The word "washi" itself is derived from the Japanese characters "wa" (meaning "Japanese") and "shi" (meaning "paper").

This handmade paper has been an integral part of Japanese culture since its inception, used for various purposes such as calligraphy, bookbinding, and even as a medium for artistic expression.
This handmade Washi paper made from the long inner fibres of three plants Koze, Mitsumata and Gampi. Traditionally used as wall paper and lamp shades.

Three raw materials :
Koze (paper mulberry) is said to be the masculine element, the protector, thick and strong. It is the most widely used fibre, and the strongest. It is grown as a farm crop, and regenerates annually, so no forest are depleted in the process.

Mitsumata is the "feminine element": graceful, delicate, soft and modest. Mitsumata takes longer to grow and is thus a more expensive paper. It is indigenous to Japan and is also grown as a crop.

Gampi was the earliest and is considered to be the noblest fibre, noted for its richness, dignity and longevity. It has an exquisite natural sheen, and is often made into very thin tissues used in book conservation and chine-collé printmaking. Gampi has a natural 'sized' finish which does not bleed when written or painted on.





Each Washi paper contains a different motif and symbolises different things. For example, the red plum flower is a symbol of courage because it is the only flower that blossoms in winter. Also, the cherry flower is a symbol of hope because it is the first flower to blossom in spring. I believe that the symbolism behind each piece of paper makes my Washi paper jewellery even more special.



As an origami jewellery designer, I am always on the lookout for unique materials to incorporate into my pieces. One thing that sets my jewellery apart from others is the paper that I use. I exclusively use Washi paper. This traditional Japanese paper is delicate yet durable, making it perfect for creating intricate origami designs. I love the way the paper's texture and meaningful patterns add a beautiful touch to my jewellery. All my Washi paper origami jewellery are hand painted with layers of non-toxic lacquers which makes them even more durable and truly rare!

Unfold the beauty of Washi Paper Jewellery when origami meets durability - wearable art that tells a story. Treat yourself or someone special with our unique eye-catching water-resistant origami jewellery to tell them how much you care!






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