製品紹介

はじめに

The softness and transparency of Japanese paper seems to represent the land where raw materials were harvested under crisp air and beautiful water. The warmth and the strength of Japanese paper comes from the effort and love of raw material farmers living in that land for generations. Through the ties of local people and nature, Kashiki Paper Mills has been able to produce Japanese paper.

鹿敷製紙の原料 Raw Materials used in Kashiki Paper Mills

良い紙は良い原料から Fine paper is made from fine material

What makes Kashiki Paper Mills unique is the high value we put into our materials. "Use only finest materials” was the philosophy we inherited from three generations ago and when the market started to depend heavily on overseas materials, our company’s philosophy changed to “Use only finest Japanese materials.” This belief is what we value at Kashiki Paper Mills even now. 

国産原料100% 100% Made in Japan

楮(那須) Nasu Mulberry
楮(黒皮・高知)
楮(土佐) Tosa Mulberry (Kozo)
楮(白皮・高知)
雁皮(岡山) Gampi from Okayama
雁皮(岡山)

Our paper is produced from raw materials purely made in Japan and contains no overseas materials. The papers contain around 90% Tosa Mulberry (Kozo) and/or Mitsumata and 10% Nasu Mulberry and Gampi from Okayama prefecture. We highly value continuing to use these materials in order to produce high quality paper.

三椏(高知) Mitsumata
三椏(高知)

清流仁淀川の恵み Blessings from the Clear Stream Niyodogawa

清流仁淀川 伏流水を使ったちり取り

The clear stream Niyodogawa is located in Ino-cho, the town of Tosa Washi. To produce paper, we use the underground water of Niyodogawa, which is known as the purest water in Japan. It is crucial to have rich and clear water in all steps to process paper; washing the material, boiling, washing away the dust, and making the paper. 

守り継いだ製法 Preserving the traditional way

We have been using the same paper making process for generations. The same method is used to process raw materials, both for machine-made and hand-made paper. 

紙の下ごしらえ

楮の栽培→収穫→蒸し→皮はぎ→へぐる(上皮を削る)→ちりとり(不純物を除く)
Illustration/Raw wood, Harvest, Steam, Strip, Squeeze

鹿敷製紙の紙づくり Paper making of Kashiki Paper Mills

技を継ぎ心をつなぐ Passing down the skills and the hearts

Paper is passed on, starting from local raw material farmers to processors to paper producers to dealers and to users. Kashiki Paper Mills have not only passed down the traditional paper making skills but has also been a pioneer in inventing new skills over time. We have invented new types of paper to match various usages.

Although we started using the machine from 1974, we wanted the paper making process to be as similar to the hand-made paper process as possible, therefore the same materials have been used for production. Moreover, in order to produce the same texture as hand-made paper, we studied the machine and decided to slow down the rolling process. This change led to the stability of the quality and ensured the paper has no bumps and unevenness. As a result, our machine-made paper is as good ashigh quality hand-made paper. 

1000年の時を継ぐ Passing down for more than 1000 years

Japanese Paper produced by the traditional Japanese way can pass down cultural heritage from generation to generation without any deviation for hundreds of years. The restoration paper in rolls made in the traditional way has no limit in length which enables usage for large areas without creating a seam. Therefore, this paper is highly valued in restoration sites or conservation sites. 
Moreover, as the quality has been acknowledged, the paper is not only used to restore ancient documents or national treasures in Japan, but also used in art galleries and museums around the world and is used to restore cultural properties.

典具帖紙のロール紙

和紙は呼吸する Japanese Paper that breathes

Japanese paper has high surface tension and is flexible, and also creates layers of air which shuts out sound and humidity. That is why it is widely used for fusuma and shoji (papered sliding doors), ceiling, and wall paper. During good weather the air seeps outside through the paper, while during bad weather the humidity stays inside. This paper complements the Japanese people’s five senses and their lifestyle.

「表具で一番大切なのは毛足。切り口の繊維の状態で決まります。」上田薫風堂表具師・上田博章さん
“The most important feature for making mounted pictures are the paper fibers. When we cut the paper, we check the fiber condition of the surface.” Hiroaki Ageta from Ageta Kunpudou

良い紙を漉けば用途は後から開けてくる When fine paper is made, it will be utilized unlimitedly

The durable Kashiki Washi (Shinpu) is highly valued among users from distinct fields, including art restorers, book designers, caligraphers, woodcut print makers, designers, the architecture industry, and others. Through them, the paper is utilized in various fields.

 Our predecessor believed that “when fine paper is made, it will be utilized unlimitedly” and that has been Kashiki Paper Mills core value. In order for the users to use our paper for various situations, we provide thin to thick papers (3g/㎡~100g/㎡) with consistent quality.