“Heritage Washi” is a term coined by The Japanese Paper Place for Japanese papers that are still made by hand by skilled craftspersons using the earth-friendly techniques and materials of their ancestors. These papers are painstakingly made from the inner bark of 3 renewable species of plants - kozo, mitsumata and gampi. No fillers have been added, no harsh caustic soda used to hasten the process and no bleach to whiten the colour. As a result, these papers are very strong, absorbent and archival with a fine beautiful surface.
The papers represented here are those we recommend for use in conservation. They are primarily papers that we designate Heritage Washi and other papers useful in conservation work because of their colour or weight. Each paper is listed with its fibre content, weight, and fibre preparation method.