Kamisuki (Forming the Sheets)
At the beginning of this year, we have interviewed Ichibei Iwano IX, a Living National Treasure of papermaking as part of our project aiming to produce an e-book based on the theme of “washi”.
Ichibei-san dips his mold and deckle in the vat and first scoops up a small amount of slurry, shakes it forward and back a few times, and then returns the slurry remaining on the mold to the vat. From the second time on, he scoops more deeply and shakes more slowly, returning the slurry to the vat before scooping again. As this process is repeated, a sheet of paper gradually appears on the surface of the mold…