Akebono Pink & Yellow - Full Sheet
In Japanese Akebono means ‘dawn’ and after seeing these delicate, handmade translucent kozo papers you will understand why. Soft wisps of variegated kozo are added to a finer pulp to create a texture and colour reminiscent of a morning sky. A father and son make our Akebono papers in the traditional way in a small Japanese village.
Washi is the word for traditional papers made by hand. The art of washi is an extremely labour intensive process starting with the harvest and preparation of kozo, gampi, or mitsumata fibres. Each sheet is formed, dried, and decorated by hand. For this reason, each sheet, and certainly each batch of handmade papers will have slight variations in weight, texture, and colour.
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.