Saturday, 29 November 2014

S n i p p e t * 15 - A  P a p e r  H e r i t a g e
Text: Hina Nitesh

Photo Courtesy: www.abrandmadeofglitter,com

For over 1300 years, the traditional Japanese craftsmen have been making a special paper with the bark of the mulberry tree. Known as Washi, the process used for making the paper is known to master craftsmen who have inherited it from their parents. 

Warmth, flexibility, strength and translucency are associated with the paper. Washi is used for calligraphy and for making screens, room dividers and sliding doors.

Modern techniques used today for making paper are quickly replacing the traditional process. But it is thanks to the skilled Washi craftsmen that the paper is still alive and the old knowledge is not lost.

The good news for paper makers involved with Washi production is that it has recently been included in the UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage items.