Yuzen Washi Memo Notepad

A memo notepad made of washi decorated with yūzen patterns.

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This foldable pen holder was made using Echizen washi, Japanese paper produced in the Echizen area of Fukui Prefecture. Washi is a highly versatile, durable paper made from long fibres from the bark of kōzo, mitsumata or gampi plants. Due to it’s fabric-like texture, washi is particularly suitable for printing, and as a result is often adorned with decorative patterns. These patterned papers are called chiyogami and sometimes also referred to as yūzen, because their colourful designs often resemble the elaborate patterns of kimono dyed with the kyo-yūzen dyeing technique. The repetitive patterns feature classic Japanese motifs, often auspicious in meaning and hand-printed using silkscreens and vivid bright colours.
The notepad is constructed with a simple, non-adhesive binding using linen threads, a technique that has been in use for centuries in Japan and the Asian continent. The pages are perforated to allow them to be easily torn off, without any other pages coming loose from the notepad’s binding.

Avoid moisture and open flames.

Size: L6 cm x W11 cm

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Chiyogami is washi, Japanese paper, which has been hand-printed with colourful, patterned designs, that has its roots in the Heian period (794–1185 CE).

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