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From Tradition to Innovation: The Story of Japanese Paper Yarn, Washi.

Washi (和紙) is traditional Japanese paper made using the fibers of various plants. It is admired internationally for its strength and look, and has for centuries been used for multiple purposes, including wrapping gifts and the manufacture of Shoji Screens.

It has a long history in Japan, dating back over 1300 years.

The Process of Making Japanese Paper Yarn.

It is made by moving a frame around a vat containing a chemical solution with wood pulp and water until a fibrous sheet sticks to the frame.

Mixing the paper material
The process of thinly stretching raw materials

Following this, the sheet is removed and laid on a flat surface where participants can decorate their washi before it is left to dry.

Rolling up washi paper

Once the Japanese paper sheets are made, they are slit thinly to create the shape of yarn. There are also yarns made from 100% Japanese paper, but they can also be twisted with other fibers such as cotton or viscose.

Characteristics of Japanese Paper Yarn

– Made from natural materials, making it durable


– Absorbent

– UV resistant

– Excellent for antibacterial and deodorizing properties

– Eco friendly

Tips for Finishing Paper Yarn

While Japanese paper yarn often carries the perception of a stiff texture, its texture can be adjusted during the finishing process after dyeing. Whether aiming for a dry touch or a softer finish, the method of adding softener can be adjusted accordingly.

Tips for Knitting with Paper Yarn

Due to its low stretchability, Japanese paper yarn may break under stress during knitting. This issue can be resolved by moistening the yarn before knitting. Additionally, it’s important to consider the knitting structure. Jersey stitch is suitable for Japanese paper yarn, while double-knit rib or tuck stitches may exert too much stress on the yarn during knitting and might not be suitable.

Japanese paper yarn represents a traditional type of yarn. We would be delighted if you enjoy planning garments with paper yarn while understanding its characteristics. If there’s anything we can assist you with, please feel free to contact us via the inquiry form.