[TAKEO MIHONCHO Ginza at Itoya]
Event space “Accessorizing with paper—button badges”
Event space "Accessorizing with paper--button badges"
on the surface instead of covering it with film. In addition to some 300 types of fine paper,
this exhibition presents three new series: gold and silver leaf paper, shifu paper textile,
and handmade washi and worldwide paper. The simple rounded form of a badge makes it
a delightful accessory, adding something special to your everyday fashion.
Each type of paper has its own characteristics derived from its raw materials,
manufacturing methods, and the papermaker’s ideas.
The diversity of characteristics is one of the reasons that paper is such an attractive material.
that it has developed over the years, all performed manually by artisans,
have established its position as one of the world’s most respected gold
and silver leaf wallpaper makers. The role of metal leaf in Japanese culture
emerged from the country’s distinctive aesthetics. That background now inspires
new uses of the material in interior decoration and other products.
Shifu / Curetex
by proprietary manufacturing methods that involve cutting washi paper into paper tapes
and twisting it, then treating the paper to soften it and allowing it to dry.
The thread can then be used to produce 100% washi fabric,
combined with other fibers to produce original fabrics, or made into knitted products.
opened in 1993 to communicate the warm touch of paper to visitors.
The name was later adopted by the company, which was founded in 1866.
It now regularly handles 20,000 items, including handmade washi and paper
imported from around the world, and also organizes classes in traditional crafts
and exhibitions relating to paper.