Japanese Papermaking

Traditions, Tools, Techniques

by Timothy Barrett

This most comprehensive book on the subject sheds light on every facet of a time-honored craft and offers complete instructions on how to duplicate its exquisite results in the West. Part 1, “The Craft in Japan,” draws on the author’s experience learning to make paper in Japan and documents Japanese papermaking as it has been practiced for centuries. Part 2, “The Craft in the West,” gives step-by-step instructions for the two methods of Japanese papermaking. Every aspect of papermaking is explained in depth, including cultivation of paper mulberry in the West, weaving the flexible mold surface (su), and evaluation of the finished paper. A chapter on variations answers many common question asked about the process, covering watermarking, making laminations with leaves and other natural materials, using Western equipment in Japanese processes, and making paper for printmaking, book conservation, and other specific uses. A substantial bibliography and glossary further supplement the text.

Timothy Barrett is a paper specialist and research scientist at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, and an internationally recognized scholar, lecturer, and practitioner in the field of Japanese handmade paper. He is author also of Nagashizuki: The Japanese Craft of Hand Papermaking

328 pp, 7 x 10, Soft
91 monochrome photos / 75 line drawings
Appendixes, glossary, bibliography
Japanese crafts / Papermaking
ISBN: 978-1-891640-26-1