細川紙 Hosokawa Washi

  紙糸を績むのに適した3匁の薄紙

先日、私の出身地である、埼玉県へ和紙を求め、紙漉き職人さんの工房を訪ねてきた。埼玉には国の重要無形文化財に指定されている「細川紙」(小川町・東秩父村)がある。日本の手漉和紙技術として、平成25年にユネスコ無形文化遺産へ登録され、技術をもつ数少ない職人さんが現在、途端に増えた需要に応え漉いている。埼玉県の紙漉きの起源は、正倉院の古文書に記録が残り、1200年を超える歴史があると伝えられているようだ。江戸時代になると需要が増し、文化・文政年代に最盛期を迎えた後は、細く長く現在までその技術は守られてきた。

細川紙は楮を使う。長く丈夫な繊維から出来る和紙は紙糸にも適している為、また、所縁のあるこの和紙を、ただただ感銘を受けるこの美しい技術と文化を、紙布を織り現在の生活の中に生かしていきたい。

経験から培った手の感覚から生まれる一枚一枚に心震え、気が引き締まる。

3 momme of thin paper that is suitable for paper yarn

The other day, to obtain the Japanese paper to Saitama Prefecture, has been visited the craftsmen. In Saitama there has been designated as an important intangible cultural heritage of the country, “Hosokawa paper” (Ogawa-Higashichichibu). As Japan’s hand made paper technology, is registered to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2013, one of the few craftsmen with the technology now, we are hungry response to increased demand as soon. Origin of papermaking in Saitama Prefecture, and the rest is recorded in ancient documents of Shosoin, it seems has been reported that there is a history of more than 1200. Demand increases when it comes to the Edo period, it was celebrated the golden age in Bunka and Bunsei age. After, we’ve kept the technology until now.
Hosokawa paper made from Kozo.  Kozo is suitable for paper yarn that is long and tough fiber. I impressed in beautiful technology and culture, want to take advantage for the current life.

Certainly sensation born from experience.

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