Washi Envelopes – Sumi

A washi, Japanese paper envelopes made in Kagoshima by the hands of people living with intellectual disabilities.

£10.00 per item

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This Japanese paper envelope is one of many products created at the Shobu Gakuen support centre in Kagoshima, which offers a safe, welcoming environment for people with learning disabilities, and which promotes interaction with local communities through collaboration, and creative and cultural activities. These washi envelopes were made in workshops in papermaking studios, part of Shobu Gakuen’s mission to support independent work and creative expression. To create washi, a viscous substance made from plants is added to a pulp mixture made from plant fibres and water, then placed onto a bamboo-netted frame screen that is rocked back and forth and from side to side so that the mixture flows over the screen. Differences in motion produce washi of varying texture.

There may be individual difference as each piece is handmade.

Size: approx. L21.5 cm x W15.6 cm

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Washi

This strong, thin paper is used not only for books, drawings, and paintings, but also as a material for architecture and everyday items.

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Washi