What's Japanese hand-made paper?

2014.11.05
About Japanese hand-made paper.
Japanese hand-made paper (usually called washi or wagami) is a kind of paper that was first made in Japan, also called Japanese paper which is easily to be distinguish from Western paper. Washi usually made by using fibers of gampi tree, mitsumata shrub, or mulberry bark fiber, but also can be produced by using bamboo, hemp, rice straw and wheat straw. The special of washi is the long inner fibers, although the quality is light, but it has excllent flexibility and strength, therefore usually has a long life. The price is usually high, due to the quantity of output is low in the market.
Due to its advantages of flexibility and stregthness, washi can be used for lightening, as well as the material for walls, hand-crafts and furniture. Three Prefectures in Japan represent washi is “Sekishubanshi” from Shimance Prefecture, “Honminoshi” from Gifu Prefecture and “Hosokawashi” from SaitamaPrefecture.