Japanese Papers

PEL are pleased to offer a wide range of papers manufactured in Japan (washi paper). Japanese papers (tissue) are very versatile and can be used in a variety of conservation applications. Our papers have two primary ingredients Kozo and Gampi.

Kozo (Mulberry) bark is used in approximately 90% of the washi paper made today. Kozo was originally found in the mountain wilderness of Shikoku and Kyusu Islands. It became a cultivated plant used especially for paper and cloth making. It is a deciduous shrub that grows to a height of 3 - 5 meters with the stem measuring up to 10cm across. Read more about Japanese Paper on our blog.

A bush found in the mountainous, warm areas of Japan. Gampi grows to 1.0 - 1.5 meters in height. It has been used as a washi-making material for many years due to the high quality of the fibre taken from the bark. The finished paper is somewhat translucent and has a shiny texture. Gampi cannot be cultivated and is therefore a rare and the most expensive material.

Sample swatchbooks are available and are recommended if you are not familiar with Japanese paper.

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