Awagami Washi : Japanese Paper : Kozo Natural Large : 46gsm : 66x98cm : Single Sheet

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A large format Japanese washi crafted from 80% long-fibred Kozo, this beautiful washi is exceptionally strong yet pliable. A soft white paper with 4 deckle edges.

  • Acid-free printmaking paper
  • Ideal for woodblock and mokuhanga techniques
  • Strong, durable, and pliable
  • 4 Deckle edges
  • Soft white


Paper has played a significant role in Japanese culture for well over 1000 years. Its intrinsic qualities of warmth, resilience and durability have seen it used in the manufacture of the widest imaginable range of products for both daily living, ritual and the arts.

Traditional Japanese woodblock printing or mokuhanga has for centuries utilised paper made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree; kozo. Kozo fibres are long and will create very strong and absorbent paper even when made thin and if dampened. Gampi has long silky fibers that can create a thin, translucent, and smooth tissue like paper. There is some historical speculation that early papermakers in Japan observed that Gampi fibers were giving off a viscous, mucous-like substance that significantly impeded the draining of water from the paper mold. This slowing down of the draining allowed for the fibers to be agitated and intermingled for longer and evened out the thickness of the pulp layer. The substance also appeared to contribute to the sheet formation process and was later discovered to be hydrogen bonding, a process that occurs in all papermaking, causing fibers to adhere to one another during the drying out process.

Gampi was not a cultivated crop so over the centuries papermakers found other sources of this substance now widely referred to as Neri. When papers are made using the longest of fibers, Kozo, in combination with the neri it is possible to achieve papers that are thin and translucent whilst retaining extraordinary strength. This is what gives Japanese 'washi' its distinct characteristics and sets it apart from western 'yoshi' papers

To coincide with our introduction of traditional woodcut tools from Japan we are launching a carefully selected range of Japanese paper ‘washi’ made by Awagami Factory, a sixth generation family-run paper mill. These Awagami papers are made from traditional natural fibers: Kozo and Gampi as well as non-tree fibers such as Bamboo, Cotton and Hemp.


Product CodePAWZ4666
To Use WithPrintmaking, Japanese Woodcut
VeganNon Vegan
Country of ManufactureJapan
Surface : TypePaper - Sheets
Metric Size (CM)66 x 98 cm
GSM Weight Range1-99 gsm
Surface : gsm46 gsm
Quantity : SheetsSingle
Weight (kg)0.030000

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(5 reviews)


I got two A4 sheets in a selection pack and loved the results - what I would described as an 'antique beige'



Excellent materials and papers



Not used yet



Good for proof printing woodblocks



It looks good but I havent used any of it yet


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