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From ancient times, Japanese people have made threads and materials out of various trees and grasses, such as Wisteria, Elm, Linden,
Kudzu, Paper Mulberry, Banana tree, Hemp and Ramie and wove textiles to cloth themselves and made daily tools. They are simple and yet greatly impress us today with their beauty and freshness.
Gallery Kei deals in these old folk crafts and pottery, far beyond the usual range of antiques, as well as antique bast-fiber textiles, usually called primitive textiles.
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special variety of the mulberry tree referred to as paper mulberry yields
a fiber that is well known for its use in papermaking in Japan.
However, long before the technique of papermaking was brought from China,
paper mulberry fibers were used to make thread for weaving cloth in Shikoku
area.This cloth, called tafu., was used for both garments and utilitarian sacks by common people. The tradition of paper mulberry cloth is continued by people in Kitoson,Tokushima Prefecture.
Papermaking from paper mulberry became popular and was used in various ways in Japanese daily life. Thick paper infused with persimmon tannin and oil,called Kamiko, was used for making both umbrellas and traveling coats,called kamiko, because of its excellent waterproof properties.
This thread was woven as weft into beautiful cloth called shifu, with silk or cotton used for the warp. Though turning used paper into weaving yarn was hard work, it provided both softness and warmth to the cloth, and a practice encouraged by traditional attitudes towards conservation and avoiding waste.