Washi: the traditional Japanese paper for garments

Japanese Washi Paper

Its ancient origins

Each KAMI Paper Capsule model is made from Japanese Washi paper yarn.
Washi paper has ancient origins: its production technique was introduced to Japan by a Korean Buddhist monk around the 6th century. Initially only the wealthier social classes could afford it, but in time it spread throughout Japan, thus also revealing its manufacturing secrets.

Origami Outershirt / naturale jacket folded as a star origami colour naturale

How is washi paper produced?

From the plant to the fabric

Strength, flexibility and lightness are the characteristics of Washi paper yarn created with Abaca. Known as Manila hemp, a plant that grows wild without the use of pesticides and therefore with reduced environmental impact, ensuring amazing fiber performance.

Manila hemp fibers are known to be heat and moisture resistant. The mature stems of the plant are cut and the leaf sheaths, previously stripped of the leaves, are opened to extract the fibers.

To create a uniform thread, a thin and sufficiently long sheet of paper must be made. The resulting paper is cut into very fine ribbons, which in turn are twisted back on themselves using very delicate and precise Japanese techniques.

Is paper considered a textile?

The composition of washi yarn

Washi paper yarn is used together with cotton and polyester, which provide added strength and tenacity to the finished fabric. Washi yarn has a recycled polyester core surrounded by paper-this structure ensures biocompatibility for direct skin contact.

collar and MONOBI label details of ORIGAMI OUTERSHIRT / VERDE SALVIA
collar and MONOBI label details of ORIGAMI TEE / NATURALE t-shirt