"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 (out of stock)
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 (out of stock)
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.
Plain Japanese Sample Pack
Containing samples approximately 6 x 10cm from the Plain Japanese range of papers.
Japanese Trial Pack
Contains samples of paper (quarter of a sheet or larger) of the following papers:
2402 - Gampi Silk Tissue
2314 - Kawanaka Ivory
2315 - Kozu shi - 23 gsm
2366 - Kanoko
2391 - Hosho Shi White Laid
2231 - Imitation Japanese No 3
2370 - Kizuki
2470 - Sunome Senaka
2410 - Sekishu
2341 - Kizuki 4 Monme
2344 - Masa
2342 - Bamboo
2343 - Botan
* Imitation Japanese Vellum - Thin - 130gsm - 640 x 480(2235)
£0.65 (24 or fewer items) £0.55 (25 to 499 items) £0.46 (500 or more items)
* Imitation Japanese Vellum - Thick - 225gsm - 640 x 480(2236)
£1.25 (24 or fewer items) £1.06 (25 to 499 items) £0.87 (500 or more items)
* Imitation Japanese No. 1 - 12gsm - 760 x 510(2230)
£1.15 (24 or fewer items) £0.98 (25 to 999 items) £0.81 (1000 or more items)
* Imitation Japanese No. 3 - 21gsm - 760 x 510(2231)
£1.20 (24 or fewer items) £1.02 (25 to 499 items) £0.84 (500 or more items)
*Kizuki 4 Monme - 24gsm 970 x 640 mm
Hand made and Neutral pH.
70% kozo bleached, 30% wood pulp, with 4 deckled edges.
Used for lithography, calligraphy, water-based ink painting, pastel, restoration & book binding
£5.95 (24 or fewer items) £5.06 (25 to 99 items) £4.17 (100 or more items)
*Masa - 86gsm 791 x 530 mm
100% sulphite pulp.
Conceived primarily with the student market in mind but still a high-quality paper intended for lithography, silkscreen, off-set, calligraphy, painting, pastel & book binding
£0.95 (24 or fewer items) £0.81 (25 to 99 items) £0.67 (100 or more items)
*Bamboo - 170gsm 760 x 560 mm
Cotton-based paper, 70% bamboo fibre and 30% mixed recycled content.
The luxurious texture is similar to silk while softer than cotton making it an excellent choice for both letterpress and printmaking. Available in sized sheets.
£4.95 (24 or fewer items) £4.21 (25 to 99 items) £3.47 (100 or more items)
*Botan - 53gsm 1091 x 788 mm
Made from bamboo fibres and wood pulp.
An inexpensive Japanese paper for ink painting, pastel or printmaking
£2.35 (24 or fewer items) £2.00 (25 to 99 items) £1.65 (100 or more items)
*Shiramine - roll- 70gsm 970 x 2000 mm
Soft to touch, yet has the strength of a Kozo based paper.
Machine made and sized, it is a versatile paper.
These are very large sheets and the edges may be 'crinkled' due to the way they are packaged.
* Kawanaka Ivory - 29gsm - 910 x 600mm
Hand-made, laid, netural pH.
Natural white with long soft & strong fibres.
£6.90 (24 or fewer items) £5.86 (25 to 99 items) £4.83 (100 or more items)
* Hosho - 77gsm - 760 x 545mm
Made from kozo fibres, the Hosho papers are thick, strong and highly absorbent.
Ideal for woodblock printing
£1.55 (24 or fewer items) £1.32 (25 to 499 items) £1.09 (500 or more items)
* Sekishu - 34gsm - 990 x 610mm
80% kozo, 20% sulphite pulp.
Metallic plate dried.
4 deckled edges.
Used for lithography, calligraphy, water-based colours & pastel.
£6.20 (24 or fewer items) £5.27 (25 to 499 items) £4.34 (500 or more items)
* Kizuki - 37gsm - 970 x 640mm
70% kozo bleached, 30% wood pulp.
4 deckled edges.
Used for lithography, calligraphy, water-based colours, pastel, restoration & book binding
£6.20 (24 or fewer items) £5.27 (25 to 99 items) £4.34 (100 or more items)
*Light Orange - Plain Coloured Japanese Paper
*Dark Orange - Plain Coloured Japanese Paper
*Olive Green - Plain Coloured Japanese Paper
*Dark Olive - Plain Coloured Japanese Paper
*Lime Green - Plain Coloured Japanese Paper
*Green - Plain Coloured Japanese Paper
*Mid Green - Plain Coloured Japanese Paper
*Forest Green - Plain Coloured Japanese Paper
*Mid Green (thick) - Plain Coloured Japanese Paper