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Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper Making

For centuries, Japanese families have created washi, apaper stronger, more flexible, and even warmer to the touch than the familiar sheets found on Western desks. Brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in 610 AD, it has been used in printing, bookbinding, and even in shutters and blinds. Despite its long history as a centerpiece of Japanese culture, it is seeing a recent surge of interest as artists and crafters worldwide discover the versatile beauty of washi.

Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper Making takes an illustrated look at the paper’s rich traditions and striking diversity. The only current study of washi, it provides a compelling overview, explaining its history as well as the techniques and decorative motifs involved. A juxtaposition of two collections, one from the nineteenth century and another from contemporary Kyoto, allows the reader to examine changes in the craft and the influence of modern technologies on the ancient art. Presented in a high-quality printing worthy of its subject, this beautiful collection will captivate anyone interested in the function and beauty of this paper.

64 pages | 100 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents


The Parkes Collection of Nineteenth Century Washi

The Washi: The Soul of Japan Collection of Contemporary Washi

Continuity and Change

Sources and Further Reading

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