Produced by Izumo Mingei-shi Kobo
Handmade washi(Japanese paper) began in the Izumo region since the Edo period. Eishiro Abe, who inherited this technique, created "Izumo Mingei Washi", a unique washi style that had never existed before, as a result of his encounter with the Mingei (folk art) movement.
Washi paper is made of kozo (paper mulberry) or gampi (Diplomorpha sikokiana)
The secluded mill in a valley of inland Izumo is an embodiment of Mingei spirit in their rural setting, the methods, the tools, the ambience, the personalities, and the materials. The mill’s papers are uniquely local, taking a great care of the history of papers in this particular region. The rich wilderness that surrounds the mill provides a rare wealth of resource for high quality ganpi – a material that can only be harvested wild.