Natural White "KUMOHADA-MASHI" by the Iwano Heizaburou mill

Headline fine art painting paper by the preeminent Echizen mill


33 in stock

This paper is NOT sized.

Ready-to-mix sizing agent (hides-based) for effective sizing

This paper can be used sized or unsized

Kozo, Hemp, Gampi

Approx. 200 x 110cm

Deckled edge

Almond, pale natural white. Very subtle sheen

 90-95 gsm

(Please note: Japanese paper is generally lighter in weight per thickness than pulp/cotton based papers.)


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KUMOHADA translates as “cloud-textured”.

The historic paper was conceived by the mill in the mid 1920s, replacing nearly all other prior support mediums in classical Japanese painting. The paper has held a virtual monopoly amongst professionals and serious students since then.

Handmade to the same exacting standards for a century.

Very pleasant almond white, densely textured smooth finish. Extremely reliable surface takes the most demanding professional paint layers.

Tactile, firm feel.

FOR SOLID WHITE SURFACE: Classically, a foundation white layer is usually built in Gofun white. Use our ready-mix organic Gofun (100% ground wild oyster shells).

Ideal for any projects requiring a high degree of control and deeply saturated colours.

Employs hemp structural fibres to ensure extremely high strength to weight ratio, while maintaining smooth surface typical of kozo papers. Gampi extra fine fibres for dense surface finish with a subtle sheen.

The generous size makes it ideal for large scale work, but can be torn into smaller sizes. Kuisaki (meaning moisten along a fine line to pull apart) is a simple method to leave fibrous edges for organic impressions. The same method can be used to produce effective glue margins for the discreet joining of sheets.

Unsized, this paper can be moistened with water for feathering/nijimi effects.


Produced in the Iwano Heizaburou mill

Read more about the mill

Honoka Masuda

The mill is one of the most prestigious handcraft mills of the country, specialising in fine art painting papers.

It is currently run by the fourth generation craftswoman Makiko Iwano, the great-granddaughter of the eponymous founder, who has made some modern improvements to the century old recipe.

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