Breathing Japanese paper-----WHAT-----Using the Japanese paper material kozo (paper mulberry), the company produces washi with high artistic and design qualities,... Read More
Breathing Japanese paper
-----WHAT-----Using the Japanese paper material kozo (paper mulberry), the company produces washi with high artistic and design qualities, which can be used as tapestries, partitions and other interior decorations, entirely by hand.The washi is made to order and used as spatial decoration in hotels, shops and other luxury establishments in Japan and abroad. -----HOW-----The material used, kozo (paper mulberry), is specially processed to regulate humidity and eliminate odours.Various design patterns and textures are created by nailing evenly spaced nails into the wooden frame and hanging washi threads on them.The wooden frame is submerged in a tank of dissolved Kozo (paper mulberry), and when lifted, a thin layer of Kozo fibres is deposited on it.By repeatedly twisting the kozo 5-10 times, the fibres are transformed from lines to surfaces.This process naturally produces a delicate expression of the washi design pattern. -----WHY-----In Japanese architecture, there is a partition made of wood and Japanese paper called a shoji.Shoji screens function as spatial dividers, but as paper is a semi-transparent and tearable material, it does not completely divide the boundary between the inside and outside, and as a result, blurs the separation between them.I considered this characteristic to be very Japanese.The Japanese language does not use many subjects and is ambiguous in its expressions, and the same applies to Japanese emotional expressions. It is a trait that expresses the cooperative nature of the Japanese people to accept others, and the partitions and decorations with this mentality express the spirit of the people to be considerate of each other and flexible, and to change with fluctuating changes over time.Traditional culture is very important as an identity, but this tapestry made of washi paper aims for a more modern expression, and the production process was newly developed with reference to traditional washi paper production methods.