Washi is a purely natural product made from plant ﬁbres, such as from the mulberry tree. Traditionally, Washi served as a writing material. But over the centuries more and more applications have been developed, up to the production of Washi kimonos. In the Japanese interior, Washi is used as wall and window covering. With its natural and soft transparency, Washi is an excellent sunshade material. No wonder it has been used in the Japanese Shoji for many centuries. Washi is still being produced manually in small-scale Japanese paper mills. Wood & Washi uses machine-made Washi for its products. This has the advantage of constant quality without affecting the natural character. The use of pure plant ﬁbres and clean water ensures that Washi hardly fades under the inﬂuence of light.
Paper from the mulberry tree (‚Washi‘) is the basis for the innovative Rollos, Panels and Banners by Wood & Washi. Classical Japan is the origin of this modern range of window decoration. For centuries, paper has been a popular material in the Land of the Rising Sun for separating the interior from the exterior. The classic Shoji panels, made from the ﬁne Washi stretched over a cedar frame, created a smooth connection between inside and outside. The grid of thin cedar slats resulted in a strict, rhythmical plane division that caught the free movement of light and shadow, softened by the Washi. In the nineties, Wood & Washi set out as a pioneering company to unite these wonderful qualities in a range of new, modern window coverings that combine excellently with the western interior. To achieve that, the ﬁne but delicate Washi was sealed in a thin synthetic ﬁlm, which made the paper ﬁrmer and easier to maintain, while retaining its extraordinary qualities. The wooden frames and slide systems of the Shoji panels were replaced by popular systems for Rollos, ﬂat curtains and lamellae. Next, aluminium was introduced for the horizontal lines in addition to the wooden slats. Thanks to this innovative combination of East and West, today the Rollos, Panels and Banners by Wood & Washi can be seen in dwellings and ofﬁces, in classical and modern interiors.