The “Washi” fabric September 18, 2020 – Posted in: Natural fibers
“Washi” is a kind of paper that has been made by craftsmen in Japan since the 7th century, after the Chinese introduced the techniques for making tissue paper. Buddhism, writing, printing and the general Chinese culture spread to Korea and Japan, where “washi” was developed.
This seemingly fragile paper has exceptional durability. Once combined and woven with yarn, “washi” becomes extremely strong and softens more and more, becoming even more comfortable; its transformation results in a material that is both durable, breathable, and very agreeable to wear,although it is not much used as a textile. .
To create “washi” textile fibers, the hemp pulp is first pressed and then made into very fine paper. It is then cut into thin strips and transformed into threads. It can then be combined, as is the case here, with materials such as cotton or linen.
The “washi” has the properties of being extremely light and allowing air to pass naturally, giving the final fabric a very pleasant airy appearance. Like linen, our hemp “washi” perfectly retains its structure, wash after wash: its fibers have excellent hold and are difficult to “break.” Another advantage is that “washi” is very absorbent and dries extremely quickly!
In 2014, “washi” was included in the Unesco list of the intangible heritage of humanity.
The Juliette Ozouf team.