Paper has a long tradition in Japan and it is still used for many different purposes today. Obvious uses include calligraphy, woodblock prints, origami and books; with other less obvious uses being lamps, parasols and shoji sliding doors. Washi (wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper) is used to describe paper made by hand in a traditional manner. Very absorbent and strong, washi paper is very good for printing as it is able to absorb ink evenly and can withstand repeated printing without losing shape.
We have recently added three beautiful Japanese washi prints to our website.