Since the late 1700s, the Fujimori family has maintained the tradition of Awa Washi, Japanese papermaking. This was commercialized by Chozo Fujimori, the head of the sixth generation, and passed on to Minoru Fujimori, the seventh generation leader. In 1976, the Awa Washi papermaking was designated an Intangible Cultural Property of Tokushima Prefecture. Minoru was also selected as a Master Craftsman and awarded a medal for Technical Excellence by the Japanese Ministry of Labour. Later, the tradition was taken over by Yoichi, from the eighth generation, and he opened a new variety of Washi by starting production of machine-made paper while maintaining a production technique of hand-made paper. In 1989, the Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper was established as a non-profit museum, and it offers a work space and possibilities in creation with Awa Washi to artists from around the world.
The Awagami history.
The history of Awa Washi dates back to 1300 years ago. Inbe-zoku, one of the influential clans that served the Emperor in Japan, came to Awa (now known as Tokushima prefecture) and planted hemp and kozo to promote the production of paper and cloth. They recorded their activities on ancient documents called Kogoshui (807 AD). Since then, Amenohiwashinomikoto, the technique of papermaking, has been carried onto the present day in reverence of the Inbe clans’ ancestors.
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