A moment with auntie artisans.
When we visited ”Shiroishi Washi Workshop” in Shiroishi-shi, Miyagi, two people were making paper together.
Watching how they moved ”suketa”, Nakata asked ”do you move the ”suketa” both sideways and back and forth when you make paper?”
Paper cloth and paper garments that suit the climate
”Once, there were 300 ”washi” workshops, but we are the only one remaining.”, said Mashiko Endo, who greeted us at her workshop, Shiroishi Washi Workshop.
In summer, the paper garments absorb sweat quickly and dry quickly, and keeps one cool. In the winter, the paper garments are worn under the ”kimono” to keep one warm. The garments made from Shiroishi washi are a product of daily experience, to adapt to the climate of the region. We were shown the actual paper cloth and garments, and were surprised by the pleasant texture and their beauty.
History of Shiroishi washi
The origin of Shiroishi washi is not known exactly, but it is said that in the Heian period ”washi” called ”Michinoku-gami” was made in Tohoku, and the art of paper making has continued since then. In the Edo period, the local government of the Date clan encouraged the development of paper making, and the industry flourished.
- Shiroishi Washi Workshop
- Shiroishi-shi, Miyagi