This kaishi package includes a number of different designs. Pictures of flowers and greens are silhouetted on the paper. When you look though it or put it on a dark background, you can see the images. Even if you place it in front of a white background, you can still recognize the pictures. It is a very interesting aspect of this kaishi. The patterns do not have colors and do not have too much emphasis. However, the understated design has certain elegance about it. During your coffee time, try taking out the paper and placing your cookies on it.
Kaishi (Japanese paper) is used as a mat to put sweets on, or to wipe the edge of the bowl one has sipped from. People fold and tuck it inside the front or in the sleeve of their kimono at tea ceremonies. However, tea ceremonies are not only occasion to use kaishi. You can use it to decorate tables or plates, or as note paper.
The origins of Mino paper are believed to lie in the Nara period (710-794). It is produced by the nagashisuki or tossing method, much like the majority of Japan's handmade paper. This method weaves the fibers extremely tight, resulting in thin but durable paper not unlike cloth. Mino paper is often used in arts such as painting and calligraphy, as well as making gold leaves. It is also good for sliding paper screens often found in Japanese homes. There are 14 Master Craftsmen across 28 firms recognized for their skill and talent for producing Mino paper.
|Production region||Mino (Gifu Japan)|