Dyed Gassan size paper

Photo by Oyama Tatsuaki

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto, Japan

The pressed shito is then moistened and one by one each sheet of paper is flattened onto a drying board or a dryer to complete the Gassan washi. It used to be that Gassan washi was mainly used for shōji (sliding paper doors). Now, other than the traditional Gassan washi, paper is being produced that is dyed with plants from around the Ōisawa area such as indigo, kihada (Amur cork tree) and benibana (safflower), or that incorporates the safflower petals.


  • Title: Dyed Gassan size paper
  • Creator: Photo by Oyama Tatsuaki
  • Rights: © Oyama Tatsuaki

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