Carrying On Traditional Mino Washi Papermaking Methods
Two essential steps in washi papermaking involve using the shallows of a river to remove dirt and impurities from paper mulberry bark and then bleaching the end product. This process was carried out on the Itadori River until about 1965, but in recent times has been performed mainly in factory tanks. So, to maintain and preserve traditional papermaking methods, hand-pressed Japanese paper experts continue to do things the old-fashioned way. This artistic, elegant event is one of Mino's most famous winter functions.