Kurotani, the Home of Washi Paper by Pen

A kind of traditional Japanese paper known for its quality, delicacy and resistance, washi paper has its noble origins in the village of Kurotani, where this unique craft has been honed and developed since 1593. While the production of washi paper originates from China, the manual manufacturing technique was brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in around 610. Initially used for the writing of sacred sutras, washi paper was soon used not only as stationery, but also to decorate sliding doors, handbags and sometimes even clothing. In its glory days, entire towns made their living from its manufacture, like Kurotani.

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