JAPANESE WASHI PAPER JEWELRY BY LEGEND DESIGN

Washi Earring

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Washi Nickle

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Washi Pin

X'mas, Gold Fish

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Legend Design was founded in 1992, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Legend is a leading studio in fine & high quality stationery design. Because we handmade the products in house, we can give our customers many small & flexible choices.       Legend Design has been featured in magazine such as AmericaBaby, Modern Bride, Gift News and industry sources such as Greeting Etc.    Toronto is such a multiculture city, Legend tries to mix many cultural icons & materials to get a new balance design. The icons reflect the know and the material the emotion. We believe a little touch with a bit of heart can bring a smile in your face.

WASHI PAPER  Washi is the Japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibres of three plants, wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper.We use sterling silver hooks & a lacquer  finish for protection.

  HISTORY  Though paper was originally made in China in the first century, the art was brought to Japan in 610 AD by Buddhist monks who produced it for writing sutras.

By the year 800, Japan's skill in papermaking was unrivalled, and from these ancient beginnings have come papers unbelievable in their range of colour, texture and design.

It was not until the 13th century that knowledge of papermaking reached Europe - 600 years after the Japanese had begun to produce it.

By the late 1800's, there were in Japan more than 100,000 families making paper by hand. Then with the introduction from Europe of mechanized papermaking technology and as things "Western" became sought after including curtains (not shoji) and French printmaking papers (not kozo), production declined until by 1983 only 479 papermaking families were left. Today the few remaining families struggle to compete in the world market with handmade papers from India, Thailand and Nepal, where a lower cost of living makes it possible to produce papers more cheaply.

FEATURES OF WASHI

Warmth. Literally warmer to the touch than Western papers made of woodpulp, washi feels soft and creates a feeling of warmth in the viewer. Its tactile qualities make it wonderful for invitations and books.

Body. Since the fibres are left long and pounded and stretched rather than chopped, washi has a deceptive strength. Pure-fibred washi can even be sewn and was used for armour and kimono-lining in earlier times.

Strength. The length of the fibres and the nature of the raw materials ensure that washi is highly workable when wet. Thus it is excellent for papier maché, and etching in which the paper must be soaked. These long fibres produce a luxurious deckle edge, the rough edge which marks a handmade paper.

Soft translucency. Kozo and mitsumata are naturally translucent fibres, a quality specific to paper from the East. As such, it is used regularly for the transmission of light.

Absorbency. The nature of the fibres creates a ready absorption of inks and dyes. Papers that are "pure fibred" and dyed will result in much denser and more vibrant colour when fabric or watercolour dyes are applied.

Flexibility. Since the fibres position themselves at random, there is no real grain to washi. This gives the paper a resistance to creasing, wrinkling and tearing - and means it can be used more like cloth, for covering books, or boxes etc.

Lightness. Washi weighs much less than other papers of equal thickness. As a paper for books, it can create texts of apparent weightlessness.

Low acidity. Traditionally-made Japanese papers are truly acid-free if they are unbleached and unsized. Examples of printed papers exist in perfect condition in Japan from 1000 years ago. Today, papers from the village of Kurotani are among the finest archival papers.

Decoration. For centuries, colourful designs applied by woodblock or handcut stencils have created vividly characteristic papers, for decorative use. Recently, silkscreened chiyogami (small repeated-patterned paper) is available in an unbelievable range and widely used by craftspeople. Although made by machine, the quality available is about 70% kozo and comes in hundreds of patterns.

How to order from us?

1.Write down the item no., price, quantity & detail of the product. ( If you need to make changes, please write clearly the changes required. )       

2.Write down your name, shipping address & phone number.     

3. We accept Visa & Master card - Please write down your credit no. & exp.date.       

4.By email - legenddesign@rogers.com        By fax - 416 778 6064    By phone - 416 778 4682

5. After we receive your order, it takes about 4-6 weeks for delivery.      

6. We ship by Canada post, we will add the shipping cost on top of your total purchases.

* Minimum order $25       *8% PST + *5%GST  will be added to your purchases for Canadian coustomer..

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Washi Earring

Washi Earring 2

Washi Nickle

Ring & Bracelet

Washi Pin

X'mas, Gold Fish

JAPANESE PRINT

Paper code

Order Form