In the past, washi was made only from bast fibers harvested from trees like the paper mulberry (kōzo), paper birch (mitsumata) and the clove-like bush, ganpi.
In recent years however, technology to pulpify wood, and readily available imported raw materials, have resulted in the spread of mixed-source paper, while traditional washi has become increasingly rare.


  • Title: Traditional Washi, wa-no-kami
  • Creator: photo: Wataru Hatano
  • Location: Shinoda-cho, Ayabe‐shi, Kyoto, Japan
  • Subject Keywords: wanokami, Japanese Paper
  • Rights: © Wataru Hatano
  • Medium: Paper, Japanese Paper, Papermaking

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