'Washi': Japanese papier

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.

Because Washi would easily tear, the paper on the Shoji in ancient Japan was traditionally replaced on New Year‘s Day. Wood & Washi solved this problem by using laminated Washi. This means the Washi is ‚sealed‘ in a 0.2 mm thin synthetic film. That makes the paper stable, humidity-resistant and durable. The matted film finish preserves the natural appearance. This new technology has even found its way to the royal palace in Tokyo. Laminated Washi is available in several versions. Laminated Washi (LW series) comprises a series of natural patterns from white to cream. Colour Washi (CW series) offers a spectrum of inked Washi in a variety of colour ranges. Traditional Lamina ted Washi (TLW series) includes a number of more traditional patterns. Laminated Washi Extra Strong (LWX series) is a version with an even stronger synthetic film, allowing it to be used as a room partition. Fading Washi (FW series) is produced by improvising with the intensity of the applied ink, resulting in shifting colours. Art-Washi (AW series) is a series of cloths designed exclusively for Wood & Washi.

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