Yame Washi paper is used for conservation of old books and documents for museums, traditional Japanese art and furniture, or for wrapping paper.
Love for tradition, long experience, passion for a good work, raw materials' quality. These are. the ingredients that every day give life to Yame Washi paper!
Long fibers of "Higo-kozo”
Yame's washi is mainly made from kouzo with especially long fibers (sometimes up to 4.4 cm) which is a characteristic of this area, and this creates a very strong and solid paper compared to other washi.
But it also creates challenges, as the preparation of these kouzo plants become much more difficult than normal length fibers.
Unique technique of papermaking
The technique of moving the "sugeta" both vertically and horizontally allows the fibers to mingle, which is a unique technique of Yame
The major characteristic that differentiates "washi" from other paper is that it is made from plants with long natural fibers, in which the notable three are "kouzo" (known as paper mulberry), the bank of gampi tree, and the mitsumata shrub.
History of paper making for almost 1500 years Yame has the longest history of washi making in Kyushu, dating back to 1595 (some say it might have started earlier in the DC700s), and it held almost 2000 washi production studios by beginning of 20th century.