Sekishu WashiSekishu Paper
In "Engi era expression (engishiki) written in the Heian era," the name of Iwami comes up.
According to "the papermaking treasure note (butterfly broom to chew, and to like) published late in the Edo era," it is written down saying "papermaking (we do) kio told people when Hitomaro Kakinomotono got work of the protection in country of Iwami in the Nara era". For approximately 1,300 years, Sekishu Washi has been continued making. It is hardly primary occupation thing performed as side business now, and the making of Washi Paper is performed in skills and techniques which does not change in all ages continuously at the start.
While mention is made of Sekishu in the Engishiki, a Heian period (794-1185) document on court protocol, a more direct reference to paper is made in the Kamisuki Chohoki, a ""A Manual of Papermaking"" published in 1798. It says that when a Kakinomotono Hitomaro went to take up the post of protector in the province of Iwami (Shimane prefecture), he taught the people there how to make paper.
Sekishu Washi has been made unceasingly for about 1,300 years. In the early days it was made by farmers in their spare time but gradually became a specialized job of work and today, paper is still being made using the same skills and techniques as of old.
Handmade papers differ slightly depending on the plant fiber source. The long fibers of kozo paper make it really strong and supple. Also beautifully pliant is mitsumata paper which is taught and has a slight luster. Even more pliant is ganpi paper which is glossy and is not preferred by hungry insects. Produced in large quantities, kozo paper was used in the past for ledgers by merchants, who were quick to throw them down their wells if a fire broke out, knowing the paper was strong enough to withstand a dousing. These days paper is made for shoji screens, calligraphy paper, letter paper, envelopes and postcards, and business cards and many other things that all retain a distinctive character.
|Industrial art object name
||Cough I who learn
|Classification of industrial art object
||Shoji paper, Iwami standard size Japanese paper, envelope, letter paper (letter paper), postcard, business card
|Main production area
||Shimane / Naka-gun Misumi town, Sakuraecho, Ochi-gun
|The designation date
||April 11, 1989
■local production associations
Sekishu Washi cooperative association
957-4, Misumichofuruichiba, Hamada-shi, Shimane
■Associated exhibit space, facility
As for the paper mulberry, fiber is the toughest for a long time. Paper bush is delicate, and there is elasticity, and is soft; is shiny. It is paper which is the most delicate, and Lychnis coronata is shiny, and resists harm of insect. Merchant ever uses paper mulberry with much production for account book and is reliable so that we throw in, and well was able to plan preservation at time of fire.
Mulberry paper is the toughest thanks to its long fibers. Mitsumata (edgeworthia chrysantha) paper is delicate and resilient and has a soft luster. Ganpi paper is the most delicate, has a glossy appearance and is resistant to insect damage. Widely-produced mulberry paper was once used by merchants for their account books and is so tough that in case of fires it could be safely thrown into the water without being damaged.
How to make
We use part called bast (jimpi) of plants such as paper mulberry, paper bush, Lychnis coronata for fiber to raw materials and we put soda ash and boil. In that way we give water which we dissolved made fiber in stickiness using viscous liquid of root of hibiscus. We can enter with tool which sandwiched mats (do) such as bamboo hurdle (is good at, and do) or sedge mat (return) between beams (figure) and "we drain and, to liquid of materials of completed paper, perform papermaking in technique called creation of dried laver". Sun drying and iron plate dry thing which makes, and went up and are completion.
The bast fiber collected from plants like mulberry, mitsumata (edgeworthia chrysantha), ganpi, etc., is mixed with soda ash and boiled. The water the fibers have been dissolved in is then made extra viscous by mixing in a mucilaginous material made from the roots of the tororo aoi (hibiscus). The paper is then made by a method called “nagashi-suki” whereby bamboo-netted tools called “takesu” and “kayasu” are used to stir the liquid the raw plants have been dissolved in. The process is completed by drying the paper in the sun or by means of iron plates.
Voice from production center
Sekishu Washi is Washi Paper which we can save made consistently by hand of craftsman full of human empathy using clean water using high quality raw materials in natural rich environment.