"Awagami Factory" is a brand of Japanese washi papers produced solely in Tokushima, Japan. Awagami operates on 8 generations of family knowledge and skill focusing on quality and refinement within this world-heritage craft. Awagami papers are used by the worlds leading artists, photographers, designers, bookbinders and conservators and unlike other washi of unknown origin, guarantee their papers 100%.
Responding to the needs of artists and creators, Awagami strives to incorporate washi paper into contemporary society and is known as a modern-day facilitator of washi culture. Besides creating the worlds most trusted Japanese papers, Awagami also operates a paper museum, runs international papermaking workshops, maintains an ongoing artist-in-residency program and a multi-disciplinary printmaking lab.
Kitakata Green (Awagami) 52 x 43cm - 36gsm
Primarily composed of gampi fiber, Kitakata has a subtle gloss yet suprisingly soft surface. Warm-toned yet resilient, the sheet itself is also quite dense, making it ideal for many types of printmaking.
Kitakata Select (Awagami) 52 x 43cm - 90gsm
Primarily composed of gampi fiber, Kitakata Select is a heavier weight version of original Kitakata washi. This version has the subtle gloss, nice density and soft surface that printmakers have come to love from Kitakata.
Hosho Select (Awagami) 52 x 43cm - 80gsm
The striped 'laid' lines are a unique characteristic of this high quality sheet. Long recognised by printmakers as one of the most versatile of Japanese washi papers, Hosho Select is particularly suitable for woodblock prints.
Please note: this paper has changed in appearance recently. Hosho Select has now got a more woven appearance - samples available upon request.
Bamboo Select (Awagami) 52 x 43cm - 170gsm
Made with environmentally friendly bamboo, this sheet has a small ecological footprint. Bamboo Select is slightly heavier than other washi with a lovely soft surface, making it ideal for intaglio, block printing and letterpress.
Shiramine Select (Awagami) 52 x 43cm - 110gsm
The relative thickness, generous sizing and easy-to-use colour of Shiramine Select makes it a versatile paper for many art mediums including printmaking, painting and drawing.
Kozo Natural Select (Awagami) 52 x 43cm - 46gsm
This paper is crafted from 80% long-fibered kozo, making it an exceptionally strong yet pliable paper. Kozo Natural Selects' suppleness makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications including intaglio, mixed media works, bookbinding and art restoration.
Okawara Select (Awagami) 52 x 43cm - 51gsm
This paper has a warm natural colour, medium weight and subtle surface texture. Because of its vesatility and affordable price point, this sheet has become an international standard for printmaking students.
Hakuho Select (Awagami) 52 x 43cm - 220gsm
This sturdy sheet is made from an impressive blend of kozo and cotton; and is the first fine art paper to feature this unique East meets West fibre blend. Hakuho Selects' strong and resilient surface is certain to lend unique textural depth to art works created on it.
Bunkoshi Select (Awagami) 52 x 43cm - 70gsm
This paper has a relatively deep natural colour and smooth surface. Its texture is clasically Japanese (with no additional sizing), making it good for both printmaking and calligraphy.