Shiroishi Kamiko: Craftsmen Who Use Traditional Shiroishi Washi Paper.
History & Culture
Shiroishi Washi (Traditional Japanese paper developed in Shiroishi) was encouraged by the Sendai Domain's industrial policy, and its production developed as a winter second job for farmers, with as many as 300 farmers making paper during the Edo period. Because of its strength and durability, Shiroishi washi is used to make paper garments, business card cases, handbags, and other products.
Currently, there are only two workshops that make washi products, Sato Kamiko Workshop and Yoshimi Kamiko Workshop, but each of them produces a variety of works that fully utilize the characteristics of washi.
Currently, there are two Shiroishi Kamiko workshops in Shiroishi, Sato Kamiko Workshop and Kichimi Kamiko Workshop, each of which produces very beautiful works.
The photo is of Mrs. Sato, who agreed to be interviewed. Mrs. Sato was born in what is now Date City, Fukushima Prefecture, and moved to Shiroishi to marry a son whose father, Chutaro Sato was a leading figure in the development of Shiroishi kamiko. She was fascinated by the way Shiroishi washi was transformed into various works of art with different patterns.
Currently, she runs the Sato Kamiko Workshop by herself, making a variety of artworks. The rope that she hangs the paper was designed for her husband, making it a little bit too high for her height, but "thanks to that, I can keep my posture straight," says Sato with a smile as he hangs up the washi paper that he has finished decorating.
I want lots of people to visit me and see what I do. I love to talk to people, so please come and visit me. She said.
If you would like to see the work at Sato Kamiko Workshop, please call 0224-26-3250 in advance.
Their works can also be seen at Sumaru House. There is also a regular exhibition of Shiraishi washi, so please come to Sumaru House. If you have any questions about Shiroishi washi, please contact Sumaru House.
About Sumaru House
Shiroishi Krafuto is also a group of people who are involved in the promotion of Shiroishi washi. Under the guidance of the Shiroishi Washi Workshop, they produce Shiroishi washi using locally produced ingredients and the same method. They also hold regular events such as the "Shiroishi Washi Light Exhibition" and "Shiroishi Washi Light Workshop"!
About Shiroishi Krafuto (Only Japanese language available)