Hosokawa-shi is a durable and glossy paper used by Edo Period (1603-1867) merchants for their account books. It is an exemplar of all Ogawa Washi.
In 1978, the Japanese Government recognized the innovative quality of this handmade paper, and the technique to make it was designated an Important Intangible Cultural Asset.
In 2014, the traditional technique of making Hosokawa-shi was one of 3 washi techniques from Japan that UNESCO added to their list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
In order to maintain the unique texture of Hosokawa-shi, only domestic kozo trees are used, and traditional methods and equipment employed in the execution of the nagashi-suki method of sheet forming.
Mizarashi-gami (Non-bleached paper)
“Mizarashi-gami” is similar to Hosokawa-shi, and is made by the faithful application of the conventional process without bleaching or dyeing the kozo. This is the most fundamental of washi.
Various kinds of washi are made from it by adding different kinds of textures in the course of production.
It is made by mixing the long fibers of kozo in the papermaking vat. It is particularly beautiful when used on paper-screen doors which allow soft light to filter through from the outside.Some Unryu-shi is made with dyed long fibers.
The dark outer layer of the bark is scraped off from the kozo in the preparation stage. Yamato-chiri-shi is made with the bits from the dark layer of the bark. The bits are mixed into the paper material in the papermaking vat. The resulting paper has patterns with dark bits. Yamatochiri-shi is used for crafts and wrapping papers.
'Yogo-shi', or 'Yogo-gami'
Yogo is made in the end with all the left over raw materials mixed into the vat, so as not to waste anything. It can have larger & dusty Kozo bits, Kozo strips & cotton fibers, color dyes, and so on. It is sometimes dried on wooden boards to give the unique texture and patterns embossed. Yogo-gami is used for crafts, photo mattings, book covers, envelopes, and more.
Printmaking Washi Paper
The printmaking Washi is especially made for woodblock prints. They are made with Kozo in different thicknesses, sized and unsized, bleached and unbleached. We hope you can find the best suitable paper for you.