The soul of Japanese washi paper
In Japan, high quality washi paper has been made since the 7th century. Using fibers from locally fast-growing plants like kozo, mitsumata, ganpi and hemp, and adding no chemicals, washi paper is luxurious, sustainable and eco-friendly.
For the Two Cranes Gallery, traditional Japanese washi paper is the natural choice for creating high quality, exclusive prints for the serious collector of fine art prints.
To make outstanding and desirable prints, selecting the best and most beautiful paper is just as important as using the finest possible equipment for the printing process. At the two Cranes Gallery, the high end Japanese inkjet technology from Epson blends harmoniously with ancient Japanese paper making traditions.
Washi paper is unrivaled when it comes to bringing out the soul of a printed work of art, adding new dimensions to the viewer’s visual and tactile experience. The strength and durability of washi has helped countless paintings and prints to survive virtually unharmed down many centuries.
Washi is in itself a piece of art.
We have chosen renowned papermill Awagami in Tokushima Japan as our main source of washi. The Fujimori family have crafted strong and beautiful paper for eight generations, and current Master Papermaker, Yoichi Fujimori, recently received a medal from the Japanese emperor Naruhito for his efforts in preserving washi heritage as well as rejuvenating this old traditional craft.In 2022, Awagami, commissioned by the Japanese goverment, supplied the Central State Archive of Ukraine in Lviv, Ukraine, with thousands of sheets of washi in order to help with urgent restoration of historical documents.
We are proud and exited to use Awagami washi paper, and look forward to introducing it to our circle of art collectors worldwide.
All prints are very high quality limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist, and comes with a certificate of autenthicity.