Hatakami: Pure Mitsumata - 10 large sheets
HANDMADE PAPER FOR FINE ART - printmaking, drawing calligraphy
An extraordinary paper made with pure mitsumata fibre.
A text weight paper perfect for printmaking, this contains no wood pulp filler at all, just pure mitsumata.
This is the name of an ancient type of Nepalese papermaking fibre prized for its printmaking and drawing qualities. In Nepal it's known as Argeli.
It's harvested in the foothills of the Himalayas where it grows naturally and is recognised as one of the world's most underused natural resources.
Mitsumata is a prized in Japan where it's used to make the highest quality papers and in fact Nepalese mitsuamta is exported there where it's used to make their banknotes!
The fibre is found on the inside of the bark which is stripped, steamed, boiled and cleaned; the little bits of impurities removed by hand.
It's then put into a Naginata (a pulp beating machine with blades) to make the pulp and transferred to a tub with water.
Sheets are formed by hand, one by one. A mould is dipped into the tub and the pulp evenly distributed across it. The wet sheets are transferred on top of one another until a large pile has been made.
Once the large pile (known as a post in traditional papermaking terms) of wet sheets have been made they're placed under a hydraulic press are to remove excess water. Each sheet is then individually brushed onto a steel sheet and put outside to dry in the sun.
Once dry they are removed and pressed flat which creates the smooth parchment like surface.
Mitusmata yields a beautifully smooth, dense, parchment like surface and has excellent absorbency for inks. When used when western inks it produces a wonderful flat, matte finish. Interestingly it also has insect repelling qualities and so will stand the test of time. It doesn't need to be soaked but introducing some moisture for example from a mister can help.
Very easy to work with, reassuring to handle especially to those of us more used to working with western-made printmaking papers.
USES: Drawing, calligraphy, printmaking, letterpress and screen printing.
Sold in 10 sheet packs
SIZE: 550 x 720 mm, 21 1/2 x 28 inches
SURFACE: Very Smooth
WEIGHT: Feels like a 100gsm paper
SHIPPING RATES - Tracked/Signed For
UK - £6.50
USA/Can/AUS/NZ - £22 approx 4 to 14 days
EU - £16 approx 4 to 10 days