Something that adds a touch of luxury to the everyday, that carries the air of Japan about it. A thing that beckons you to use it. Shopkeeper KASHIYUKA set out across Japan to find such handiworks. Her third purchasing quest took her to an Awa washi paper producing area in Tokushima prefecture. There she found a handcrafted Japanese paper fan dyed with natural indigo.
“Dip the washi in dye solution all at once, and what results is a rigid border. What I do is hold the rope by which the paper is hung between my fingers, letting it slacken just slightly, bit by bit, over and over in order to attain a hazy, subtle gradation.”
This gradient design can only be achieved by human hands. The color and tone will vary according to the number of immersions and the condition of the dye solution. That’s why every piece is subtly different. There’s simply no one “correct color and design”.
Indigo Dyed Washi Uchiwa by Awagami Factory
Right / Indigo dyed fan (gradient pattern); Height 41 cm, width 29.5 cm. ¥2,700. Their stationery set is also among their most popular items.
AWA WASHI DENTO SANGYO KAIKAN 141 Kawahigashi, Yamakawa-cho, Yoshinogawa-shi, Tokushima. Studio visits are available, as well as classes in washi making (reservation required). Shop is on premises. Official Site
Yuka Kashino (KASHIYUKA)Member of the electro pop group Perfume. Their anticipated new studio album is scheduled for August release and the album tour starts in September. Kashiyuka is a devotee of artisanal ceramics, and enthusiastically pursues news of openings and exhibitions online and through social media. www.perfume-web.jp