Seki-shu Japanese Paper
After graduating from college in Hiroshima, Masaru started training to carry on the craft of making Seki-shu Japanese paper in his family’s over 200-year-old business, Nishida Japanese paper workshop.
The technique for making Seki-shu Japanese paper has been handed down from generation to generation for more than 1000 years. Local tree pulp, mainly mulberry and mitsumata and the hibiscus sap, are diluted in water and their fibers are drained through a screen, so that a mat of randomly interwoven fibers is laid down. Water is removed from this mat of fibers by pressing and drying to make hand-made Seki-shu Japanese paper. This process is called Nagashisuki. Due to the use of sap, Nagashisuki makes a distinguishably thinner paper which is synonymous with the Shimane area.
One famous type of Seki-shu is “Seki-shu writing paper”, which in 1969 was designated as an important intangible cultural heritage of the country. Then in 2009 it was registered in UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.
Due to the high quality of Nishida Japanese paper workshop’s seki-shu, their paper is used to repair various Japanese cultural artifacts.
2013,14 Maison & Objet Paris (exhibited)
Nishida Japanese Paper Workshop
1694 Misumi Town, Furuichiba, Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture