In areas of Japan where clear mountain stream water is found, Washi has been traditionally made by the hands of experienced craftsmen, utilizing strong fibers as Kozo, Mitsumata, Gampi (3 main raw materials) and recently, wood pulp and Asa as well.
More and more people in the world are aware of what we are doing to protect the environment in the paper making. The important fact is that, in Washi making, above three raw materials can be harvested with their roots left in the ground. 3 years are necessary for Mitsumata to be harvested and used as the raw material, however, Kozo can be harvested and made into paper annually. Also, while raw materials are continuously cooked with very strong chemicals in Thailand or other Asian countries for making papers, such chemicals are not often used in the traditional papermaking in Japan. Considering this, we can all agree that traditional Washi is a very “environmentally-friendly” product.
Following you will find information about many traditional Washi, some of which are made by the great masters of papermaking in Japan.