Japanese Washi Conservation Paper

For damage repairs and prevention, Japanese conservation papers are ideal for any project looking for high quality, authentic, and lasting paper. Conservation papers are made in Japan from three main fiber sources: gampi, kozo (mulberry), and mitsumata. Each plant offers unique characteristics to the paper:
  • Gampi is the oldest of all the paper-making plants and is known for its naturally absorbent (sized) and shiny qualities.
  • Kozo is often referred to as mulberry paper and is used frequently in projects requiring a strong and durable traits. Kozo paper is characterized by long, thick fibers and comes in a variety of consistencies. 
  • Mitsumata is a plant indigenous to Japan and is generally the most expensive of the three Japanese paper plants. The fibers are short and soft, making it a great resource in making Japanese lightweight and tissue papers. 
Though some of the conservation papers are machine-made, the majority are still handmade in Japan using ancient and modern techniques to increase longevity, neutralize pH, and purify or lighten the paper. With a variety of fibers, sizes, consistencies, and hues to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect archival paper for your conservation project. Projects may include (but are certainly not limited to) bookbinding, origami, paper jewelry, screening, printing and printmaking, home decor, wedding invitations, calligraphy, scroll mounting, and so much more!
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