本美濃紙

重要無形文化財

制作工程

「ずっと同じ」。「これからも同じ」。それが、本物を漉くために大事なこと。

The tributary of the Nagara River and the clear waters that honors Satoyama are
where the craftsman make paper.

The finest mulberry being grown in Ibaraki Prefecture are used in high-quality Nasu kozo in the Hon-minoshi. It is the beautiful white skin left after the black skin is removed harvesting after defoliation.Out of this bunch of white skin (15kg), 44% (6.6kg) are used as a raw material for paper. Mulberry has a luster, compared to fibers (Ganpi) and Mitsumata(Mitsumata) is longer that is why a beautiful paper can be manufactured.

川晒し 水晒し

Kawazarashi

Soak the skin for several days to clear stream of white Nasu kozo and remove the impurities while bleaching naturally

The white skin of the Mulberry that the original craftsmen received will be soaked in water first, and soften. Secondly it'll be boiled in a large iron kettle to loosen it`s fibers. Tenderly boiled ripe mulberry is washed in clean running water. The beautified Mulberry is placed on a slate and boiled by a mallet to defiberize. If it is a Genuine Mino Paper, the surface hit will become a chrysanthemum pattern and dissociation can be shortened.

  • 煮熟
    Boiling

    Place the white skin in hot water so as not to overlap with the soda ash that softens the fiber and simmer for about 2 hours.

  • 塵取り
    Chiritori(cleaning the bast)

    The ripened boiled white skin in the hands of the skilled human hands, will be taken out one by one and put in clear water to clearly remove the dust and scratches.

  • 叩解
    beating on

    The Hon-minoshi is hammered to it`s own circular shape. In the hammered surface, streaks radiating like a flower of chrysanthemum is being carved.

Put the beated mulberry in the fiber boat, water, and to strongly join each fiber, the mucus from the filtered tororoai is mixed. The bamboo blind in the figure. The bamboo blind is diagonally cut across the joint combined “scrape”. This remains to be the delicate feature of the Hon-minoshi. The usual Japanese paper is manufactured by the vertical swing only but, the Hon-minoshi is also done with an additional horizontal swing. And with this, the fibers are intertwined and connected into a beautifully manufactured Japanese paper.

紙漉き 紙漉き

Sheet-forming

The Hon-minoshi added feature is the easy horizontal swing. Depending on this, the mulberry`s fibers are vertically swung to intertwine and connected. A beautiful sentiment comes out when you look at it from the light of the sun.

乾燥
Drying

The paper is bleached from natural sunlight, and it will become a Hon-minoshi with a gloss of an elegant hue and texture.

The created Japanese paper is left for one night letting water flow unto it naturally, and then after that, compress it to remove the extra water from it and it will be dried in the sun. Cut at the end, and then it will be shipped after classification. Only 1 person does the engineering of this paper manufacturing.

選別
Sorting

After the paper is dried, not only the thickness, but also the color and sentiment are considered reference for classification.

  • 那須楮

    Nasu Kozo

    The raw materials of the Hon-minoshi are only the finest Nasu kozo in Ibaraki Prefecture.

  • 木槌

    Mallet

    The mallet that beats the fibers, with the special shape of the Genuine Mino Paper, has a Chrysanthemum design in the beated side.

  • ねべし

    Nebeshi

    Nebeshi is extracted from the roots of Tororo-aoi. It strongly holds the fibers together.

  • 漉き簀作り

    Sukisu(bamboo strainer)

    Strip the edge of the bow diagonally, match the sides that were stripped (sogitsuki) is a feature.

  • こて(けた)作り

    Crafting a keta

    The materials of the figure are the superior Kiso Hinoki, and a hard brass which is placed on a wire is selected and used.

  • 刷毛作り

    Brush work

    The brush work are the strictly selected soft hair of the horse, and are classified from the rigid hairs and ordinary hair.

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