What is washi?

Japanese traditional paper, “Washi”, is made from long natural fibers, most commonly
made from the barks of native Japanese trees such as kozo (paper mulberry), mitsumata,
and gampi. Most of the paper making process is still done by hand in the traditional manner.
The interweaving natural fiber is the reason of the flexibility and beauty of washi.

Washi has been used in various ways in the Japanese lifestyle and it has also been a very
important part of the Japanese culture.
The craftsmanship of washi was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list on November 27, 2014.


Haibara and gampi paer

Among a vast selection of Japanese papers which Haibara offers, the most popular paper is made by gampi, ever since the business has established in 1806.
Gampi plants produce very fine high quality papers with silk-like glossy surface which are perfect for writing.

Haibara’s gampi papers were highly evaluated by wide range of people including writers and artists.


Various types of papers

Characteristics of wshi varies just as there are many different types of the plants that makes washi.
You will be able to find numbers of selected handmade washi paper from all over Japan, for various usages such as for calligraphy, painting, wrapping, origami, bookbinding, and so on.



Haibara deals with various patterned papers, Chiyogami, with traditional Japanese imageries and bright colors.

Chiyogami were traditionally used to craft paper objects especially dolls, and for gift wrapping.