I'll be blogging about parts of my trip over the coming couple of weeks.
This blog is about my visit to the Awagami Paper Factory in Tokushima. 'Factory' is perhaps the wrong description...all papers are made by hand, and we were able to watch the papers being made by several craftspeople.
A highlight was an opportunity to go onto the factory floor and have a go at making the paper. We did some simple sheet forming using a small mould and deckle with mulberry pulp, then decorated with coloured paper pulp. It was interesting to be able to use their vacuum machine and steam dryer.
The wonderful lady who instructed us knew no English (and we don't speak Japanese) but its amazing how much can be communicated through hand gestures and demonstration (my knowledge of papermaking helped too!).
A most enjoyable day with some time spent in the onsite paper shop afterwards!
|The Awagami Paper Factory|
|A beautiful garden in a neighbouring house|
|Couldn't resist an arty photo!|
|The factory floor|
|Picking out the impurities|
|Taking the sheets off the cloths and attaching to a board |
for final drying
|Craig looking down into the factory space|
|Craig and I making our paper and having fun!|
|Craig working the vacuum table|
|Above me, a huge mould and deckle|
|In the shop - so much paper, so little time!|
|washi, washi and more washi...|
how much luggage allowance do I have?????
|A stop at the toilet, Japanese style|
|Ice-cream whilst waiting for the train afterwards,|
from a vending machine of course!