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.
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.
Chiritori(cleaning the bast)
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.
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.
Crafting a keta