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Mixing fibers in water, Gassan paper

Photo by Oyama Tatsuaki

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

The pulp is put into a vat filed with water and the fibers distributed by moving the harrow back and forth. A bamboo pole is also used to thoroughly mix the fibers, and then a viscous agent (neri) is added and the vat mixed again to create the bath for forming paper. Adding the neri emulsifies the pulp so the paper mulberry fibers are uniformly suspended in the vat. The viscous liquid from Abelmoschus manihot roots is used for neri.

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  • Title: Mixing fibers in water, Gassan paper
  • Creator: Photo by Oyama Tatsuaki
  • Rights: © Oyama Tatsuaki

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