WASHI AND PRINTMAKING
A SET OF OGAWA PAPER
The guest speaker will introduce the features, possible ways to use them in creative works, its history, and the production processes of Japanese handmade paper: Ogawa Washi. Students will receive several sheets of Ogawa paper and learn variety of printmaking techniques using the paper. Students may, but are not required to, bring existing plates such as relief and intaglio plates.
What is Ogawa Washi ?
Paper produced in Ogawa Town, Higashi-Chichibu Village, and nearby areas is collectively known as “Ogawa Washi.” Ogawa Town and Higashi-chichibu Village are located at the heart of Saitama Prefecture, in the north-west of Tokyo. Its paper making history dates back to the 8th century. In the late Edo period (1780～1867), demand for paper increased dramatically, making Ogawa one of the largest paper production regions in Japan. Washi’s elegant translucence, subtly irregular texture, strength and durability make it suitable for countless practical and artistic applications. It was listed as a Japanese Important Intangible Cultural Asset in 1987, and a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014.