Washi is an authentic Japanese handmade paper. It was introduced to Japan more than 1,300 years ago from China. Washi making is one of the most labour intensive paper making processes in the world. It is revered and so important that the pronunciation of the word “paper” is the same as “god” in the Japanese language. The Japanese love for Stationery means they have some of the highest qualtiy in the world.
Hosokawa-shi is one of the oldest papers in the world to be still made in the same way for generations in Japan. It is of such importance that both the Japanese government and UNESCO have recognised this paper as a cultural asses to Japan, with special designation. This paper is the Queen of Japanese Stationery!
Our Katazome Japanese stationery range of postcards, letter paper & memo pads are best sellers for a reason! Check out this blog post to learn the ancient art of Japanese Katazome printing. Each colour in a print has it's own handmade screen with weeks of work going into each design.