Washi The Soul of Japan Collection – contemporary Japanese handmade paper

Washi has long held a central role in the domestic, spiritual and cultural life of Japan. The term is used to describe paper that uses local fiber, processed by hand and made in the traditional manner.

The Washi: The Soul of Japan collection grew out of 10-year project that began in Japan in the 1990s with the goal of documenting the state of washi production in Japan at the turn of the second millennium. This project culminated in the production of the multi-volume washi compendium presented in this exhibition containing over 1000 washi samples made throughout Japan. The collection is part of the Learning Centre collection and can be viewed at the Visual Resources Centre.