Tesuki Washi: Making Japanese Paper
The word Washi comes from ‘Wa’（和）meaning Japanese and ‘Shi’（紙）meaning paper. Tesuki washi (handmade Japanese paper) was introduced from China to Japan in 610 AD by Doncho, a Buddhist monk from Korea and has since been a part of Japanese culture.
Although first reserved for the religious and aristocratic classes, paper became widely available during the 12th century and is used for printing, calligraphy, book binding, but also lighting, sliding doors and more.
Originally, paper makers used indigenous fibers, such as of Kozo, Mitsumata, and Gampi shrubs. But due to a large growth in the need for paper during the Meiji period (1868–1912), paper mills started using wood pulp in a process that became mechanized.
With this workshop you will learn about the history and methods of Tesuki washi and use authentic tools to make your own paper.
Explore with us the traditional Washi techniques for creating decorative papers from natural fibers.