Kozo Tissue Crackle - Full Sheet
The pattern of this delicate, handmade paper is a bit of a chameleon! Depending on its use, it is reminiscent of ice on a frozen pond, wispy clouds or sun reflecting on a pond. These papers are especially lovely when layered with another paper or used in a way that allows light to shine through them.
The inner barks of three plants, all native to Japan, are used primarily in the making of washi. Kozo (mulberry) is said to be the masculine element, the protector, thick and strong. It is the most widely used fibre, and the strongest. It is grown as a farm crop, and regenerates annually, so no forests are depleted in the process. The kozo fibre is an unusually long and durable fibre and contributes to the strength of these seemingly delicate papers.
When will my order ship?
In order to offer the extensive range of papers/products that we do, some products are housed offsite and may require 1-6 business days to be collected before your order ships. If you are in a hurry to receive your items, please contact us to check stock before placing your order. In the very rare event that we run out of something included in your order, you will be issued a full refund for that product(s) when your order ships.
Our 8.5x11” paper samples are shipped free to you by standard letter mail. If you require faster/trackable shipping please select one of the paid shipping options for your samples.
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Chiyogami is possibly our most popular paper. Strong, beautiful and versatile, these papers are available in a seemingly endless selection of colours and patterns. It is easy to admire Chiyogami for it's beauty alone but what is even more impressive is understanding the time and craftsmanship that goes into making just a single sheet.
The base paper of each sheet of Chiyogami is made of a combination of kozo and sulphite. The kozo gives the paper it's characteristic strength and softness while the sulphite makes it possible to produce these papers at a reasonable cost.
To create a single sheet of Chiyogami, each base sheet is silkscreened with as many colours as there are in that particular pattern – in most cases, four or five colours. After the base sheet has been pasted to a wooden board for stability during the silkscreening process, the first screen silkscreen is registered and ink applied. Each sheet of paper is dried on racks to allow the ink to dry between applications. The screens for subsequent colours are painstakingly registered so that the colour layers lie precisely in relation to each other.
The following are samples showing each stage of this process. The last picture shows the result of this labour intensive process – an incredibly beautiful sheet of Chiyogami.