Cedar paper "SUGIKAWA-SHI" by Noto Nigyou Washi

Noto Nigyou’s life work


100 x 60 cm approx.

Cedar  hinoki  kozo

Please be aware that each sheet is slightly different.


The Noto peninsula was once host to the highest quality kozo until the habitat for the plant slowly disappeared during the middle of the last century.  It was around this time simmering gold cedar bark caught the eyes of Tohmi Shusaku on a rainy day. The pursuit of cedar paper was initially out of any commercial prospect, until the reputation of the outlandish paper slowly spread and eventually caught the attention of the Mingei circle.


Noto Nigyou Washi was founded in the late 1940's by Tohmi Shusaku in a remote location of the Noto Peninsula, completely unrelated to any preexisting paper-making tradition.  The fact it stands on its own in the wilderness has allowed the mill unprecedented freedom and innovated truly individual papers inspired by the surrounding nature. The mill eventually made close contact with the Mingei movement, especially with Bernard Leach, who promoted their papers to a wider audience.

Courtesy of Noto Nigyou Washi

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