美濃和紙照明器具

“Washi”, traditional Japanese paper

  • Made using fibers from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry(kōzo) bush, and is tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp
  • Used in many traditional arts including Origami, Shodo, and Ukiyo-e, as well as daily goods such as clothes, household good, and toys
  • Designated a Traditional Craft by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1985
  • Three washi papers were listed as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2014
    • Hon-mino-shi (Mino-washi) in Gifu prefecture
    • Sekishu-banshi in Shimane prefecture
    • Hosokawa-shi in Saitama prefecture)

Mino-washi, high quality and low cost multi-use paper for centuries

  • A type of Japanese washi paper created in Gifu Prefecture
  • Traced back to the the eighth century, when the high quality paper was first made in the area
  • First widely known only in the 14th century for its low cost manufacturing
    • Toki clan promoted paper production to strengthen the area and their power
    • Monk and kuge (aristocratic) classes from around Japan spread out the paper in the country
  • The area was flourished as a special production area in the Edo periodo (1603 -1868)
    • Merchants traveled up and down Nagara-gawa river to bring the paper to Gifu port
    • The paper was used for a number of traditional crafts including:
      • lantern (Gifu Chōchin)
      • umbrellas (Gifu Wagasa)
      • fans (Gifu Uchiwa)
  • The area was flourished as a special production area in the Edo periodo (1603 -1868)
    • Merchants traveled up and down Nagara-gawa river to bring the paper to Gifu port
    • The paper was used for a number of traditional crafts: lantern (Gifu Gifu Chōchin), umbrellas (Gifu Wagasa), and fans (Gifu Uchiwa)

Akarikan IRODORI, Mino-washi lighting specialty shop

The shop is located on one of the main street of the old downtown in Mino-city. 
https://www.akarikan.jp
The writer was surprised by the breadth of product lineup after hours of research for shops in Kyoto and online.  Highly recommended if you are a fan of beautiful lighting or washi paper.  Enjoy the gallery below!

 

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