[Keijusha's Tesuki Washi has been added]

In the town of Yatsuo, located in the south of Toyama Prefecture, washi (Japanese paper) has long been produced during the four-month snow season. Washi making is said to have begun in the Muromachi period (1333-1573), and from the Edo period to the early Meiji period (1868-1912), many families made paper by hand, and until around 1955, there were about 300 paper-making farms in the area.

Keijusha, which does not only tesuki but also stencil dyeing, is the only workshop that continues the tradition of Yatsuo Washi. Through exchanges with Muneyoshi Yanagi of the Mingei Movement and Keisuke Serizawa, a living national treasure and holder of the important intangible cultural asset "kataezome," he created the "katazome washi" that is characteristic of Yatsuo Washi today.

Even today, all papermaking is still done by hand, with the division of labor among craftsmen. Tesuki washi, characterized by the natural edges created by single sheet making, conveys a gentle atmosphere and simple warmth. Please feel the strong, supple, and beautiful touch of washi as well as its history.

Keijusha's Tesuki Washi